Wind Department Concert

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A final hurrah to an action packed term saw the Wind Department produce an excellent, varied and superbly prepared performance in the Memorial Hall on Monday 8th December. 

The date had to be changed due to an unusual number of leading Music Scholars away on Oxbridge interviews, but in no way did that diminish the quality or finesse of the artists on display. 

Led from the top by the evergreen and impressive Musical Director Alex Arkwright, Big Band kicked things off with a high energy set featuring well-crafted solos from Georgia Gibson (EL Hu), Thomas Cayley (CO U6), Oliver Mattinson (C2 U6), Bella Imi (EL L6) and Tattie Chater Davies (MM U6) (amongst others) and a young lower brass section demonstrating good things in the making.  The Beethoven oboe trio provided a refreshing change of mood and style with some intricate playing from Hattie Cockerill (MO L6), Helena Mackie (MO Hu) and Jonathan Venn (C3 Hu), and following a mesmerizing display from the impressive Jazz Quartet lead by Georgia Gibson came the explosive Percussion Ensemble in the dramatic work Crossfire which pitches performers against each other to good effect. 

The final work saw the massed forces of Brasser perform David Bedford’s Sun Paints Rainbows on the Vast Waves: a colourful and powerful work which allowed Brasser to flex its muscles with some fine contributions from the combined forces of woodwind, brass and percussion.  A fitting conclusion to a splendid concert and a term which the pupils should remember with pride. 

Bravo all.

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director

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