Pupils showcase their wonderful choirs, bands and ensembles at their annual Spring Concert

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The annual Spring Concert took place last Friday, showcasing the work of our wonderful choirs, bands and ensembles.

The orchestra began the programme with a rousing rendition of ‘Mars’ from The Planets suite by Holst, followed by an enchanting arrangement of Sibelius’ Finlandia.

Then we heard from Boss Meyer Brass, a recently formed brass ensemble performing for the first time, playing the lyrical Sonatina.

The guitar group, junior strings and oboe group continued the programme with fantastic performances of an ACDC/Queen mash up, Shark Attack and Woodland Goblins. Percussion ensemble then took to the stage to perform Shooting Star and Asante, both played with vigour and excitement.

The first choir to sing was the junior choir, who began by performing the beautiful and uplifting Go the Distance from Hercules. Due to an unavoidable last minute change, the junior choir only had one hour of rehearsal time to learn their second song, Any Dream Will Do. However, in true Millfield Prep style, they showed a great deal of enthusiasm and tenacity and delivered a fantastic performance of which they should all be proud.

Next were the newly founded junior rock band, who were performing together for the first time and had the audience clapping and tapping their feet with their cover of Jonny B. Good.

The clarinet group then played a charming piece called Snap, before our senior rock band performed Smoke on the Water, which everyone hugely enjoyed.

The senior choir sang an African piece called Bonse Aba (a song of welcome) with gusto and were beautifully accompanied by a small ensemble of pupils on percussion. The senior choir followed, with the emotionally stirring Rise Up which conveys a message of strength and overcoming adversity.

The penultimate item of the evening was the Jazz and Blues band (also a brand new ensemble), who performed a piece called Big Band Blues. This involved several improvised solos from the saxophone, guitar and keyboard. Improvisation is not an easy skill and it is especially impressive when you consider that the pupils were performing in front of such a large audience.

They did a wonderful job! Finally, the wind band performed two pieces, the first a lyrical depiction of the Norwegian skyline called Stal Himmel and then the very well-known and much loved theme from Star Wars, which drew the evening to a close in style.

You should all be extremely proud of yourselves!

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