Music at Millfield 07/12 – The Review

After a wonderful and hectic term in the music school, an excited audience filed into the Johnson Hall for the culmination of three months of hard work. Music at Millfield was a special concert, celebrating the diverse range of ensembles at the school.

The concert kicked off with the Year 9 Choir, who performed with great energy, even incorporating sign language in ‘Come and See’! The String Orchestra followed, who tackled Peter Warlock’s ‘Capriol Suite’ with gusto and commitment.

Brass Ensemble were next up, performing a lyrical sonata by Johann Pezel, before the Sixth Form a cappella group, Augmented 6ths, showed off their considerable musicality with a moving rendition of ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’.

Closing the first half was the Jazz Band with two contrasting numbers. Firstly, they delighted with the heavy swing of Irving Berlin’s classic tune ‘Blue Skies’, before Tia came on stage and brought the house down with a staggering performance of ‘Skyfall’; a fitting way to close the first half.

After getting into the festive spirit with mulled wine and mince pies at the interval, the audience returned to hear a performance of one of the most important and monumental works in the orchestral canon. The Millfield Orchestra took on the finale of Jean Sibelius’ Second Symphony; a huge task, and one the ensemble rose to with skill, musicality and passion. A magnificent performance!

Millfield’s chamber choir, Camerata, followed with a varied and interesting programme. From the majesty of Balfour-Gardiner’s ‘Evening Hymn’, the close harmony of Pentatonix’s arrangement of ‘Little Drummer Boy’ to the beauty of Lauridsen’s ‘O Magnum Mysterium’, the choir displayed a real variety of skills to pull of a challenging programme.

Next up were the Percussion Ensemble, who pulled off a lively and thoroughly entertaining performance of the theme from ‘New York, New York’. The dynamic energy and enjoyment displayed by the ensemble rubbed off on the audience, who gave a great response at the end of the performance!

To close the concert, the Millfield Chorale came to the stage. After a brilliant and highly productive term, it was great to see all the school’s musicians come together to perform two festive numbers. Firstly, the Chorale sang Harold Darke’s arrangement of ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ – special mentions must go to the wonderful solos performed by Tanwen and Rowan. This was followed by a beautiful performance of Philip Stopford’s song, ‘A Christmas Blessing’.

At the end of the night, the audience left in a festive spirit, having a witnessed a truly special concert. Everyone will be looking forward to more of the same in the new year!

The Millfield Music School Blog provides a fantastic insight into the musical life of Millfield School – from upcoming performances to concert reviews, insights into the music performed and details of the International Concert Series, keep up to date with everything throughout the year at: www.millfieldmusic.com

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