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Musicians Rise to the Occasion

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Big School was abuzz with over 400 concert-goers on 4 March, eager to witness one of the most anticipated events in the School calendar: the Band Concert. Directed and hosted with style and élan by Bandmaster Terry Whittingham, the CH Band and CH Training Band characteristically rose to the occasion to provide an afternoon of skill, talent, and entertainment.

 

The programme was typically varied, from Wagner to Arnold, Holst, The Beatles and Queen. Certainly the Band in unison is a sound to behold, but a particularly special feature was the spotlight on several soloists and smaller groups of instrumentalists. Emmanuel Odujebe, 16, delighted with his carefully-crafted rendition of Harold Moss’ The Joker; four of the most senior and accomplished trumpeters, Alex Stewart, Peter Batchelar, Will Awdry,  and Oscar Wells displayed their skill in The Summit by John Moss; and no less than 14 clarinettists from across the School – ranging in age from William Rodgers, 12, to sixth formers Roland Bukenya, Lottie Woodall and Band Captain Yun Shin  – took centre stage for Leroy Anderson’s light-hearted and vociferous Clarinet Candy, a melody that resonated for several days after.

 

The Training Band, made up of the School’s younger pupils, proved to be in excellent form, beginning with a sprightly Uptown Funk and finishing with the old favourite Hey Jude. The talent coming through in the lower years is a very exciting prospect indeed.

 

The Band reclaimed the stage to finish the programme. Oscar Wells’ trumpet solo in Amazing Grace – full of blues notes and tight syncopation – was accomplished and characterful, and Holst’s well-loved First Suite in E flat provided an affirming and impressive conclusion.

 

Thanks and congratulations to all who took part in this concert, and indeed to all the members of the Band who work so hard, day in day out, all year round.

 

 

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