A sell-out evening featuring a diverse musical lineup
The first half commenced with a complete performance of Faure’s Requiem by APS Chamber Choir and accompanied an orchestra built from students, staff, parents and friends directed by Michael Solomon Williams. Chamber choir had been preparing this particular work since the start of 2019 and their dedication to rehearsals (even through the exam periods) paid off to reveal a committed, emotional performance of all seven sections.
Solos by Anna-Maria Achilleos, Barry Hendy & Kyle Osborne allowed for a change of focus, highlighting the confidence and professionalism of these individuals before ending with the final section In Paradisium, which sings of Angels leading into Paradise. The music was complemented by the beautiful setting of St. Andrew’s Church whose acoustics added an extra special magic to the performance.
Following a brief interval, we enjoyed performances from Concert Choir, singing arrangements of pop songs from the 1970s right through to the start of this decade. Our guitar ensemble also made an appearance with a few small ditties followed by folk songs and the 60’s classic Doo Ron Ron from Y7 Choir. We were then delighted to enjoy a Guzheng performance by one of our visiting Hanban Mandarin teachers, playing Fishing Boat Singing Night which is one of the most influential Henan zither-style songs of the 1930s. The evening closed with a collection of popular and film arrangements from Concert Orchestra signalled to an end by a massive ‘YA BA DA BA DO’ at the end of their Flinstones performance!
Parents and staff members who attended were in awe of the talent and professionalism of all the students who showcased their hard work from the previous term. But for concert orchestra and choir, it was simply a warm up event before they head off to Paris on tour at the end of the week! A perfect end to the term.