On Thursday 5th March the audience was treated to an evening of outstanding performances by many talented instrumentalists and vocalists across all age ranges at St. Olave’s.
Intermediate Strings began the programme with a beautiful rendition of John Williams’ ‘Hedwig’s Theme’ from the Harry Potter films. Arunabh and Lily of Year 12 and 13 respectively sang delightfully contrasting English and French songs. Guitar Ensemble transported us to another era entirely, closing the first half with two short Renaissance pieces. After a brief interval Improvisation Ensemble managed to get the audience’s toes tapping with a delightful arrangement of Richardson’s ‘Groove Merchant’. Year 9 student Sean should be highly commended for giving the world premiere performance his own composition on the piano, entitled ‘Inevitable’. Kenji of Year 10 tackled the first movement of Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata, which is virtuosic in nature.
It was particularly useful for our GCSE musicians to hear one of their set works played live and so expressively. Lord of The Jazz Chickens, a student-led ensemble consisting of students from Year 7 to Year 11, rounded off the evening with their own theme tune, newly composed by Alfie, as well as an arrangement of former St Olave’s trumpet teacher Martin Bunce’s piece ‘Marianne’.
We would like to thank Mr Bullard, Mr Blew, Mr Tarlton for their contributions to ensemble items, as well as the PA for providing refreshments for performers and audience alike.