Band Concert Review
This year’s Band Concert opened with the Stamford Junior School Jazz Band performing a medley of tunes by Mr Chandley and if the children felt nervous about their appearance at this high profile concert, it certainly didn’t show in their playing which was confident and exuded enjoyment.
The SES Wind Band comprises players from Years 7-9 and under the direction of Mr Taylor gave a refined and polished performance of three well contrasted pieces. The result of much careful and detailed rehearsal, this was a mature performance that belied the relatively young age of the players involved. The SES Brass Ensemble, performing under the baton of Year 12 student Ruairi McIlrae, gave a lyrical performance of ‘Morning has Broken’ followed by a spirited ‘When the Saints go Marching in’. Lawrence Hayes of Year 7 and Emily Pritchard of Year 11 both received warm and enthusiastic applause for their solo performances, both players projecting a beautiful tone in their sensitively phrased, lyrical performances. The Big Band provided a rousing finale to the first half of the concert, featuring confident and stylish solo playing by Katie Wood. The Concert Band has a wide and varied repertoire and performed for the entirety of the second half of the concert. The ‘Hawaii Five-O’ theme was followed by a confident performance of Holst’s ‘Fantasia on the Dargason’ and Anna Little gave a strong vocal solo performance in ‘Shenandoah’. Grainger’s Irish Tune was followed by ‘Jai Ho’ from the movie Slumdog Millionaire to round off the concert in some style and featuring some impressive drum kit playing by Matthew Green of Year 10.
Congratulations to all of the students whose dedication and hard work produced an evening of music that was greatly enjoyed by a very appreciative audience.