Review: An Evening for Advent

Category: Music, General, Pupil Achievements

Advent is arguably the most poignant and exciting time of year.  A time of anticipation, a time of hope and, of course, the prospect of Christmas, but above all (and something that sometimes becomes lost in the frenzy of commercial activity) it is the beginning of the Christian year.

An Evening for Advent is an annual event of considerable beauty and reflection, and an excellent cross-departmental collaboration between the Modern Languages and Music Departments.  The evening is a skilfully constructed selection of mainly seasonal readings in a wide variety of languages:  Italian, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Mandarin, Arabic and Japanese, interspersed with music to reflect the text and languages offered along the way.  Pupil participation is significant (and brave), both linguistically and musically, and all performers should be congratulated on wholehearted and sincere contributions, which were both moving and well prepared.  Special mention should be made to the sensitive and discreet accompaniment of pianist, Miss Toomer, who, as is the norm, guided and shaped the singers of all ages and stages throughout the performance.  Altogether a moving and most intimate occasion.  Bravo all.

Linguists:  Rosie Bennett, Hannah Biddle, Freddie Boase, Connie Campbell-Gray, Bruno Espinosa de los Monteros, Kitty Fellowes, Ella Hall, Peps Haydn Taylor, Ben Lavender-Jones, Pierce Luthi, Gus Nathan, Harriet Place, Zac Place,  Alexander Rowe, Victoria Sjodin, Jemima Stratton, Virat Talwar, Jonathan Venn, Lucy Wilson and Helo├»se Wright

Singers: Christopher Beswick, Francesca Coles, Lola Cracknell, Scarlett Longfield, Meriel Nolan, Rose Olver, Tertia Paterson, Emily Place and Jessica Walsh Waring

Philip Dukes (Artistic Director) and
Andrew Brown (Head of Modern Languages)

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