Musicians Unite for 150th Celebratory Picnic Concert
This year's Picnic Concert, held on Thursday 27th June, was a special 150th anniversary celebration of music involving pupils from all sections of the College. The evening had a focus on ensemble music and included most of the large groups from both the Senior School and the Prep School. The weather was kind and guests and musicians enjoyed tasty treats and drinks on Middle Green before the concert started.
The first item on the programme was a specially commissioned work composed by Belinda Aitken, titled “Friends Through the Years”, to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the College. It was performed by a very special ensemble, the Celebration Choir, consisting of pupils from every year-group in the school, with Pre-Prep pupils singing together with members of the Upper 6th.
The Junior and Senior String orchestras, conducted by Christopher Gould, played a selection of classical and contemporary works. The Senior Big Band delighted with an excellent rendition of Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock, featuring a great number of outstanding solos. Senior School Choir also joined forces with the L3rd & U3rd Choir, performing Close to You by Burt Bacharach.
The Prep School Orchestra and Prep School Band played two popular works from movie soundtracks, The Raiders March by John Williams and Summer Nights from the movie Grease. Helen Pervez conducted the Senior Concert Band and Senior School Orchestra, who brought the concert to an end with an energetic performance of the First Movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C.
This wonderful evening of music concluded with a farewell to our Upper 6th musicians, who often take a leading role in College ensembles, motivating and inspiring their younger colleagues.