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26 December 2016

​Michaelmas Musical Round-up

Michaelmas Term 2016 has been a rather musical one. We’ve managed to squeeze in quite a lot since the start of term back in September.

On Wednesday 12 October, the popular annual pop and rock concert took place in the Theatre. Parents, staff, friends and pupils turned up to watch talented musicians take to the stage. It was a varied programme ranging from songs by The Beatles to Taylor Swift and ending with some rock: I Wanna Be Your Dog.

The youngest performers of the evening were Phoebe Hake and Flora Keeling, who each sang beautiful solos. Other items included Yellow by Coldplay performed by Olivia Chamberlain, Charlie Lavender, Rudi Smith, Lorcan Cudlip-Cook and Will Cashmore. Flora Davies, who usually graces us with her beautiful classically-trained voice, demonstrated a different style this evening performing pop solos and duets with Taylor Williams. In fact all our musicians revealed their musical versatility by swapping instruments casually throughout the entire evening. It certainly was an excellent event, ably compered by Kelvin Sze, demonstrating the wealth of talent in the King’s music department.

Prior to departing for sunnier climes in Barbados, the Big Band performed a wonderful programme of music on Friday 9 October in the Woodard Room. It was an extremely demanding programme, with our pupils displaying stamina and energy, performing items such as the Blues Brothers’ Revue and Sky Fall to more up-tempo songs such as Uptown Funk and I Wanna Dance With Somebody. In fact, that is exactly what the audience did! A lively audience couldn’t contain their excitement and the cabaret-style concert soon had people on their feet dancing to the tunes. The able soloists for the evening were Grace Albery, Olivia Chamerblain and Lorcan Cudlip-Cook, not forgetting the solo from Mr Mason. The evening’s concert really was a true spectacle demonstrating an abundance of talent and musical prowess.

As usual, the vocal concert at King’s was one of the musical highlights of the year. The depth of talent and natural musical ability was beautiful to watch, and singers of all ages participated. We are very fortunate to have two excellent singing teachers here at King’s: Miss Naomi Harvey and Mr Mark Lawson. Between them, they produced a programme of both challenging, and diverse vocal music from different genres. The repertoire consisted of music from Handel, Gilbert and Sullivan, John Rutter and Gibbons. King’s College musicians performed with elegance and poise. An ensemble of the Sixth Form girls performed Irish traditional folk music and another Sixth Form a cappella group performed an arrangement of Can’t Buy Me Love from the renowned King’s singers. It was a wonderful evening, enjoyed by all, set in the beautiful surroundings of our Chapel.

As the term started to draw to a close, our talented singers and musicians took to the Theatre stage in this year’s musical The Sound of Music. The performances were stunning, again, demonstrating the sheer talent we have in our choirs and bands. Flora Davies was simply amazing as Mother Superior; Climb Ev’ry Mountain showing off her classically-trained voice perfectly. With back-to-back performances throughout the week, many of the same pupils even managed to squeeze in a trip to the races, entertaining race-goers with traditional Christmas carols.

In the lead up to the more traditional Christmas Carol Services taking place later in the week, our musicians and singers once again gave solid performances in the Christmas Concert, with more modern sounds on offer, demonstrating again, how versatile and talented our pupils are.

On the last two days of term, our Chapel heaved under the weight of pupils, staff, friends and family, and again with members of the public on the final day, as the pews were packed with an eager congregation, ready to enjoy our Christmas Carol Services. Once again our school choir gave a superb performance. The service began with the faint sound of Silent Night that could be heard from the distance as the choir entered the Chapel, candles in hand. The service was both moving and thought-provoking, but provided a festive end to a long, busy and very successful Michaelmas Term, with everyone looking forward to some family time over the Christmas period.

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