A packed house enjoyed a wide variety of styles in a wonderful concert at SJE Arts on Friday night. The concert opened with the largest ever Concert Orchestra (82 players) performing Bizet’s Aragonaise from Carmen. Next up was the first outing of a new wind group performing Oom-pah-pah which showcased some excellent wind players in the lower part of the school. The Clarinet Sextet followed this with a lovely performance of Mozart’s Adagio from his Serenade. We had a change of mood next as the Barbershop gave an accomplished performance of With a little help from my friends. The Symphony Orchestra was in flamboyant mood as it danced its way through Marquez’s Conga del Fuego Nuevo. The Magdalen Sixth brought some calm with a beautifully poised performance of Ward Swingle’s Give us this day. The Flute Ensemble gave a gorgeously shaped rendition of Eleanor Rigby before the Jazz Club got our toes tapping again with My Little Suede Shoes. Close Harmony mixed comedy with fine singing in Hernando’s Hideaway and the evening was brought to a lively conclusion with Liebertango and It don’t mean a thing. It was a hugely enjoyable concert and shows the range of talented musicians in all years as well as an appreciation of a wide variety of musical styles. Bravo!
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