Music at Millfield brings vibrant end to autumn term
As this term of wonderfully varied music-making began to draw to a close, the Johnson Hall provided the backdrop to one final musical extravaganza of 2018 with Music at Millfield. The evening featured more pupils and ensembles than ever before, from our ever-vibrant vocal ensembles including Camerata, Millfield Chorale, Augmented 6ths, 9:10 Choir, and the premiere of Millfield’s first Barbershop Sextet, to our leading instrumental ensembles including Orchestra, String Orchestra, Jazz Band, Brass Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble – there certainly was an item fit for every musical taste.
Opening our final concert of the term in style was the ever popular Percussion Ensemble performing, Brandon Dittgen’s Asante. Next, we heard the stunningly expressive choral singing of Camerata, led by our Director of Music, in performances of Antonio Lotti’s Crucifixus, Hubert Parry’s There is an Old Belief and Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium. The Brass Ensemble performing, with apt musical humour, their traditional song, Come Landlord Fill the Flowing Bowl, and 9:10 Choir with their brilliantly-convincing performance of Benjamin Britten’s This Little Babe from A Ceremony of Carols. The first half closed with the Jazz Band performing exciting renditions of April in Paris by Vernon Duke & Yip Harburg, Can You Feel the Love Tonight from Disney’s The Lion King and Havana by Camilla Cabello.
The second half of the concert began with two items by the wonderfully vibrant Augmented 6ths: Super Trouper by ABBA and a sparkling arrangement of O Come All Ye Faithful. The Millfield Chorale followed with a performance of There Is No Rose by Philip Stopford and the traditional Sussex Carol. Splitting the vocal items were two instrumental ensembles, the String Orchestra and Millfield Orchestra. The ensembles performed the Molto Agadio from Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor, Op.132 and the Andante Cantabile from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64. Concluding our musical celebration in style was the newly formed Barbershop, singing the traditional tune All My Sins Been Taken Away arranged by Robert Townsend.