FUND-RAISING FOR THE HOMELESS
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For the first time in nearly two years, a full orchestral concert took place in the John Jenkins Hall on 1 December. With some exciting performances and an excellent atmosphere in the JJ Hall throughout, memories of the hardships of the past couple of years vanished—not least when Dr Clayden took to the stage with his Junior and Senior Wind Bands, which certainly blew some cobwebs away! As ever the Senior Orchestra and String Orchestra took on ambitious works including Arturo Marquez's Conga del Fuego Nuevo and the Polovtsian Dances from Borodin's opera Prince Igor. Senior Orchestra gave an especially strong performance of Mussorgsky's Night on a Bare Mountain under the baton of Director of Music, Hayley Burton.

Along the way, the Chamber Wind Ensemble gave an extraordinarily accomplished performance of Krommer's Octet Partita in B flat Major, Junior Strings made an excellent impression with their performance of three movements from Peter Warlock's Capriol Suite, and the Barbershop Ensemble lifted everyone's spirits with three beautiful male voice arrangements. Particular thanks are due to Mr Scaife and Mr Lawton, making their debut in these big concerts (with Brass Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble respectively), and to Mrs Straw for her usual tireless work behind the scenes (and for taking some great photographs which can be seen here). Thanks also to Ms Dennis and Miss Driver for their work with the oboists and flautists, as well as to Andrei Chernolesskiy for coordinating the atmospheric lighting for the evening.Along the way, the Chamber Wind Ensemble gave an extraordinarily accomplished performance of Krommer's Octet Partita in B flat Major, Junior Strings made an excellent impression with their performance of three movements from Peter Warlock's Capriol Suite, and the Barbershop Ensemble lifted everyone's spirits with three beautiful male voice arrangements. Particular thanks are due to Mr Scaife and Mr Lawton, making their debut in these big concerts (with Brass Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble respectively), and to Mrs Straw for her usual tireless work behind the scenes (and for taking some great photographs which can be seen here). Thanks also to Ms Dennis and Miss Driver for their work with the oboists and flautists, as well as to Andrei Chernolesskiy for coordinating the atmospheric lighting for the evening.

The collection at the end raised a considerable sum for Centrepoint, our school charity this year; we will report on this and other fund-raising this term in due course.

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