MR MORTIMER, WE’VE BEEN EXPECTING YOU!
The Thomas Arnold Hall was filled to the brim and buzzing with excitement prior to the recent Winter Concert.
The aim was to provide a snapshot of the fantastic variety and quality of music which takes place each week, and that is certainly what the audience got!
Starting off with an energetic performance from the Junior Singers singing The Power in Me, featuring some beautiful solos from Harrison Kilminster, Thomas Youens, Milly Morgan and Charlotte Robinson. The audience were then treated to the authentic Jazz sounds of the Sax Ensemble directed by the Schools’ own Jazz expert, Mr Crockatt.
A blackout signaled the entry of the ever popular Drum Corps, with their neon sticks lighting up the audience. Some fantastic choreography on show, particularly from Charlie Whelan, sporting a broken arm from the rugby pitch!
Since taking over the reins of the Music Department at the start of term, Mrs Robinson has worked hard to offer the Warminster Singers (the pupil and staff singing group) a varied repertoire and their fantastic rendition of Abba’s Super Trouper proved that they are enjoying their new material immensely.
With Mr Williams at the helm, the School Jazz Band are on fine form, and carried off So What! by Miles Davis and Sidewinder by Lee Morgan with skill and precision. In a more subdued mood, the String Ensemble allowed the audience to relax into a Christmas mood briefly with an eloquent rendition of In the Bleak Midwinter before Kathryn Rush appeared dressed in a cat ‘onesie’ to sing with the ever expanding and hugely popular Ukulele Orchestra, preforming the Cure’s Love Cats. The group were also delighted to welcome Archie Maclaren, Fraser Maclaren and Callum Gee from the Prep Ukulele Group to play with them.
The highlight of the evening was the inaugural performance of the newly formed School Concert Orchestra. An amalgamation of the String Ensemble and Concert Band with a significant percussion section, their performance of Live and Let Die was embellished with the Headmaster appearing as 007 himself, in a superb video screen behind.
The audience enjoyed an evening of high quality, energetic and enthusiastic performance. We look forward to see what comes next from our fantastic Music Department!