Review: Wind Department Concert

Category: Music

At the end of a mammoth term of music making (even by Marlborough College Music Department standards) we were treated to a final hurrah in the form of the annual woodwind, brass and percussion departmental Christmas concert. 

Once again, we found ourselves in the Ellis Theatre and once again, we found that this venue suited an occasion such as this particularly well. The mood, atmosphere and general vibe, supported by imaginative lighting and alternative seating arrangements for performers was slick, and with some excellent presentations from all this was a truly inclusive but specialised performance.

Big Band opened proceedings, which included a beautiful rendition of Lil' Darlin by Neil Hefti (Ben Spink take a bow), and from that point on it was one delight after another. Jazz Ensemble caught the eye with a lovely calypso swing rounding out with an eccentric and brilliant number from Thelonious Monk, and with Brasser offering a traditional conclusion with three movements from Holst's Op 28 Suite this was a classy occasion and one clearly enjoyed by the large and enthusiastic audience. Congratulations one and all.

As the saying goes and this seems perfectly apt for this extraordinary term (24 hour music marathon et al), "that's all folks!".

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director

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