Friday 13th March saw the much-anticipated Music at Magdalen concert at  SJE. It featured many of our ensemble groups with the evening starting with two lovely pieces performed by the Guitar Ensemble, Allegro moderato from Haydn’s London Trio and John Whitworth’s arrangement of the main theme from the film The Piano.

Next The King Clarinet Ensemble, performed Debussy’s Le Petit Nègre and Harris’ The trouble with a kitten which included a charismatic narration by Daniel Wald. The Wind Ensemble gave a lovely rendition of Haydn’s Andante from Serenade No. 3.

This was Marion Ackrill’s last concert at MCS as she leaves at the end of term and it was a fitting end, showcasing what an magnificent job she has done of overseeing the wind playing at MCS for so many years. Next up was The Frost Clarinet Ensemble beautifully performing two movements from Yvonne Desportes’ French Suite. There was a change of mood with The Percussion Ensemble skilfully playing ‘Gotta catch ‘em all and Pirates of the Caribbean. Concert Orchestra gave us three numbers Radetzky March, Slovonic Dance and Hungarian Dance, all showing the strength of talent in all the sections of the orchestra.

The concert came to a wonderful close with the String Orchestra’s performance of Tcahikovsky’s Serenade. It was a wonderful concert, and certainly one to remember, as the strength and depth of musicians at MCS was so evident and the quality of performances from every group was much enjoyed by all.