Concerto Ensemble

Peter Symonds students demonstrated their impressive musical talents at this year’s annual college concert held at Thornden Hall in Chandler’s Ford. The magnificent showcase included music from the College Concerto Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, College Choir and Big Band.

The evening opened with the Concerto Ensemble performing Vivaldi’s Concerto in C major for Two Trumpets with Nicholas Budd and Bethany Mayers giving remarkable performances in their lead Trumpet roles. Double Bass player Thea Sayer, then led the ensemble in a rendition of Bottesini’s Concerto in B Minor receiving a rapturous response from the audience for her solo efforts.

Next, was the Symonds Symphony Orchestra with Julian Poore taking up the conductor’s baton for the performance of Schubert, Unfinished Symphony No. 8 in B minor and finally Lalo, Overture: Le Roid Y’s.

The second half of the evening opened with the College Choir performing Fauré, Cantique de Jean Racine. Conducted by Rachel Platt with Roger Owens accompanying on piano, the large choir of 120 Symonds students gave a beautiful rendition of the renowned French choral piece. Next up, a small chamber ensemble of Lavender Rodriguez (violin), Nathalie Ryan (violin), Sophie Knight (viola), Rachel Leigh (Cello) and Roger Owens (piano), performed Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op.44.



The Big Band then upped the tempo and closed a very enjoyable evening with performances of Fly Me to the Moon (by Bart Howard), The Shadow of your Smile (by Jonny Mandel) and Oye Como Val (by Tito Puente). Rosie Miles gave a talented vocal performance of the song Fly Me to the Moon accompanied by the band. The ballad The Shadow of your Smile also included an exciting Trombone solo by Toby Roe. In the final song, Oye Como Val, the band as a wholegave an energetic performance of Tito Puente’s latin jazz classic to finish off what was a remarkable evening.

Commenting on the evening, Head of Music, Rachel Platt said, "The Music department is very proud of the range of extra-curricular music activities at Peter Symonds College, and we had the chance to celebrate the musical talent of our students during our annual concert at Thornden Hall. The College Choir tackled a difficult piece by Fauré in French with confidence. Our Orchestra sparkled with some dazzling playing in the Schubert and Lalo, and we all enjoyed the solo performers in the Concerto Ensemble. After some spirited chamber playing from the Schumann Piano Quintet, the concert ended with an impressive set from Big Band, with stylish solos from Toby Roe and Rosie Miles."

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Posted on 01/12/16 at 14:49

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