The Spring Concert at Aldenham
The penultimate evening of the Lent Term is traditionally the event where our talented musician leavers have the opportunity to display their talents for the final time on the large scale stage, and they certainly showed us what we will be missing when they move on to pastures new. Reshmi Patel (trumpet) and Abigail James (violin) gave faultless virtuoso performances in the first movements of their respective concertos with Sinfonia.
Between these two concertos Paull’s House choir performed True Colors and What a Wonderful World. There was a real beauty of tone in their committed singing that rang around the Chapel. Georgia Lowe was their soloist in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tell me on a Sunday, her powerful voice expressing perfectly the emotions in this poignant song. The brass ensemble’s magnificent bold sound reverberated around the Chapel with music from Wagner and, by way of contrast, Europe’s Final Countdown.
The concert concluded with Faure’s Requiem, a large scale choral piece with orchestra and organ. Choral Society’s performance captured the contemplative mood of the piece, although they were powerful and commanding when the music required them to be. Joel Amoa took the baritone solos with solid assurance and Sophie Katsiavriades’ sweet clear toned soprano voice in the Pie Jesu had the audience’s full rapt attention.
Thank you to all performers and the conductors for a captivating and enjoyable evening’s musical entertainment.