The concert was an opportunity for some of the school's ensembles to perform and we heard contrasting pieces including Vivaldi, Palestrina and Peter Maxwell Davies. The Clarinet ensemble received a huge round of applause for a beautifully timed performance of Grieg's In The Hall of the Mountain King. The ninety strong choir sang Stopford's Do Not Be Afraid and followed that with a pin sharp rendition of Mack the Knife.
After the interval, the full school orchestra took to the stage, and began with La Rejouissance from Handel's Royal Fireworks Music. Nat was the soloist for the Adagio from Bruch's Violin's Concerto No 1 which he played with great maturity and virtuosity. The orchestra's final piece was Smetana's Moldau and the audience enjoyed the musical journey through the Czech landscape.
The Wind Band were the final ensemble of the evening and played an Eighties Flash back medley with great enthusiasm. In an homage to the Last Night of the Proms, the final piece of the evening was Wood's Fantasia on British Sea Songs which had the audience clapping along, as tradition dictates! Izaak, who had opened the concert with Vivaldi's Flute Concerto in C major, featured once again, with a fast and furious Sailor's Hornpipe.