Music Week Finale

As Music Week drew to a close, the final day saw Music in the Undercroft and Jazz Night.

Music in the Undercroft

The Undercroft, a space which was formerly home to an organ blower and the country鈥檚 largest toilet block, was transformed on Monday into an informal venue for some of our chamber music groups. The concert lasted around half an hour, and included performances from the Guitar Ensemble, the Recorder Consort, and the Wind Quintet. In addition, Mr Tonks, Mr Hill, and Mrs Stubbs performed a work composed for six hands at one piano. Embellished with light choreography, this amusing number was entitled 鈥楢nyone for Tennis?鈥, apt on the opening day of Wimbledon.

 When some of the Recorder Consort began with their recorders upside down, a wave of bemusement struck the audience. However, when the haunting tones of 鈥楾he Good, The Bad and The Ugly鈥 were heard, fears were dispelled. Aarnav H (4ths) sang an unusual aria from 鈥楾he Telephone鈥 by Menotti. Alongside the music, Pimm鈥檚 and lemonade were being served by Mr Hill. The concert closed with the Wind Quintet playing two movements from Darius Milhaud鈥檚 鈥楲a chemin茅e du roi Ren茅鈥, an intriguingly titled work but full of Frankish charm.

Jazz Night

The Head Master announced in Communications that the annual Serenaders鈥 Jazz Night is his favourite music event of the year. There is indeed much appealing about it: excellent music, delicious food, and good company.

This year鈥檚 event met all these criteria, and in spite of a healthy degree of disarray before the event, the evening went very smoothly. Performers included the Joint Jazz Band (with girls from St Helen鈥檚), the Dixieland Band, Taylors鈥 Funk Society, Saxophone Ensemble, the Staff Band, and a few other smaller items.

Thanks must go especially to Gregg McCann, whose comp猫ring was excellent.

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