Last Friday members of the Music Department gave one of a number of concerts in Worcester Cathedral at the start of the Friends of Cathedral Music’s annual conference. Music Scholars Philippa W, Andrew G, Emma M and Bethan F performed a varied programme on piano, clarinet, trumpet and saxophone to a large and very appreciative audience in the Nave. At the end of the recital, the Department was presented with a fine boxed set of tuning forks as a thank you from the committee.
Another one of the concerts was later that day in the form of the termly Open Mic Night took place in the Boathouse with over 20 acts and was organised and hosted by Gold Arts Award pupils Jamie and Liv. The gig began with the jazz band, Geepers Creepers and was followed by a mix of solo singers, duets and bands and a variety of styles ranging from Jess C singing her version of Celeste’s Strange to Alex H strutting his stuff on stage playing the guitar part to Wake Me Up by Avicii. Jamie R said, ‘the musical talent was amazing and the night ran very smoothly. It was great to work with Liv on this project’.
This week it was the turn of the School ensembles in the School Concert in the theatre on Tuesday. The main highlight was an exceptional performance of the 1st movement of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto performed by Andrew G and accompanied by the First Orchestra. Andrew played with great panache and the orchestra accompanied sensitively under the direction of Mr Gunter. The dry acoustic of the theatre makes it a challenging performing space but all of the performances by the ensembles were well-presented and filled the theatre. The King’s Swingers are on particularly good form at the moment and entertained the audience the three pieces concluding with a lively rendition of Kool and the Gang’s Jungle Boogie.