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On Sunday 5 March, Junior Choir, Senior Choir, and Symphony Orchestra came together to celebrate our theme of water in a glorious evening concert at Cadogan Hall. Water ran through each of our pieces, exploring the theme in a very different way. Britten’s Noye‘s Fludde was a celebration of colour and the natural world, but the flood represents a more ominous presence in the piece, the wrath of God. We were lucky to be joined by professional singer, Marcus Farnsworth, as well as all the hardworking soloists who brought their very best to the performance. After a brief interval, Ms Sturt conducted Symphony Orchestra in Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture. The ebbs and flows were masterfully played, and the audience was whisked away on a stormy trip across the Hebrides.
Mr O’Hara next transported us to the drama and passion of Swan Lake. From the ‘Dance of the Cygnets’ to the ‘Pas de Deux’ duet, in just a short space of time, Swan Lake was beautiful, dangerous, soaring, and romantic. One audience member said: “The music felt alive. The music department did an incredible job. It was electric”. Not only did Ms Sturt and Mr O’Hara work tirelessly, rehearsing with Symphony Orchestra throughout the term, but Miss Pegler brought together the extravagant opera with props, ballerinas, masks, and rainbows. The concert also featured input from SPEAC: Emilia (MIV) provided the artwork for the programme cover, Chiara (LV) read her evocative poem ‘The Flood’ and Claire (VII) spoke about her essay at the start of the concert. Finally, a big thank you to the music department, who I know have worked so hard to bring such a wonderful concert together.