Sergeant Pepper @ 50 – The Preview

It’s nearly here; Millfield Music School’s much anticipated celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Beatle’s seminal album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is on tomorrow night!

The sold-out event will be a fantastic showcase of not only some of the most iconic tunes from one of Britain’s most important bands, but also the creativity and talent of the musicians at Millfield Music School. The album has been reimagined and, if the rehearsals are anything to go by, the audience on Thursday night should be in for a treat.

Many of the tracks on the album are instantly recognisable classics, with hits such as With a Little Help from My Friends, When I’m Sixty-Four and the title track, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. But what about some of the other tracks on the album? We’ve selected a few of our favourites to prepare yourself for tomorrow’s extravaganza…

Track 4 – Getting Better

With a driving groove and punchy backing vocals, this tune has a swagger and soul that is present in so much of the music of this period. Check out the wandering bass line and the high guitar harmonics – it makes for a fantastic effect!

Track 6 – She’s Leaving Home

A beautiful oasis in amongst the bustle of the rest of the album, this heartfelt number is defined by the beautiful string and harp accompaniment and the sensitive lyrics. Listen out for the backing lines, filling out the beautiful harmonies created by the string ensemble.

Track 7 – Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!

One of the band’s more peculiar tracks, the lyrics are taken from an old circus poster purchased by John Lennon. The dystopian musical effects, percussive backing line and the transition into the demented waltz in the middle of the track all combine to make a fascinating oddity!

Track 13 – A Day in the Life

To close the record, A Day in the Life has a reflective feel that ties everything together beautifully. The combination of the light pop style, piano heavy tune with the jarring orchestral sections works amazingly well, testament to the musical quality of the band. To close the show, a final chord is held on multiple pianos – a fitting end to a wonderful album!

We hope you are joining us for what promises to be a special concert!

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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