The Autumn Concert was a delightful evening of collaborative music making. All of the major ensembles were taking part, with plenty of variety in style and sounds. The programme certainly was varied from the famous ‘Surprise’ Symphony by Haydn, to The Beatles and AC/DC!
For many children in the Lower School it was their first major performance in front of a packed Wyatt Hall, and they rose to the occasion beautifully with their ‘Gabriel and ‘Fit for a King’ songs. Form 1 and 2 combined choir worked hard to learn their lyrics and memorise their superb actions! For most of them, this concert was their first experience of live performance. At Cranleigh Prep Music we believe that it is really important to give this opportunity to all children.
Despite still being in November, the Lower School Choir showcased their beautifully made Christingles while singing ‘Hope of Heaven’, a touching choral piece for young voices. Once again, some well-deserved sweets at the end of this fantastic term of music making!
Lower School Band, the Brass Band, Training Band and Concert Band all performed at their best. The String Orchestra delighted us with the Andante from the ‘Surprise’ Symphony by Haydn.
The Middle School Boys’ Choir sang for the first time, lead by Dc Andrew Thomas, Head of Vocal Studies. Cranleigh Prep Tango Band performed with panache ‘Libertango’ by Piazzolla, immediately followed by a thunder of applause.
The concert finished with a stunning interpretation of Jenkin’s Adiemus, sang by the Chamber Choir.
Lorraine Wild, Acting Head of Prep Music, says “The audience enjoyed the opportunity to hear choirs, orchestras, bands, percussionists and chamber music ensembles playing in the same concert together, and everyone went home feeling uplifted and inspired”.