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  • 16 June 2023

SUMMER CONCERT

Squirreled away in the music department, our ensembles have been busy rehearsing every week and it is always exciting when our pupils…

Squirreled away in the music department, our ensembles have been busy rehearsing every week and it is always exciting when our pupils have the opportunity to show off their hard work and progress. This is particularly true of our youngest pupils, many of whom have never performed in front of a large audience before.

The Junior Percussion group started the concert with a bang, performing with vibrancy and energy making sure that everyone in the audience was very definitely awake! The beginner strings of the Junior Orchestra made their debut performance with ‘Shosholoza’, performing with poise and style, and Lower School Choir sang with confidence and enthusiasm, showing off a number of colourful voices with lots of potential. The depth and breadth of talent continued to shine through in the Guitar Group’s rendition of ‘Green Onions’ and Junior Band’s ‘O When the Saints’, which had everyone swaying and tapping along. It was a joy to see how much Form 3 clearly loved their song ‘All Night, All Day’.

With the second half of the concert featuring older pupils, Brass Group showed how hard they have worked all year under Mr Eaglestone’s expert guidance. With a number of pupils from this group moving on to the Senior School, we look forward to seeing the brass across both schools continue to go from strength to strength. Seb S and Josh G performed a Piano Duet of Beethoven’s ‘County Dances’ which proceeded with an impressive fluency and variety of shaping, and the Chapel Choir’s performance of the popular song ‘Shotgun’ made it a trio of highly engaging performances by our three main school choirs.

Then followed three performances of very well-known, but very different pieces. The members of Contemporary Band demonstrated their developing sense of stage presence in their performance of ‘Justice/Don’t Look Back in Anger’, Senior Orchestra captivated us with a rousing rendition of ‘Jupiter’ from Holst’s ‘The Planets’, and you could not help but smile at the theme from ‘The Simpsons’ performed by the Concert Band. The school has a number of talented singers, as evidenced in the Chamber Choir’s moving performance of ‘Exultate Jubilate’ by Lewis and directed by Mrs Beddison, which rounded off a highly successful and enjoyable event.

Since 2010 Mrs Beddison has nurtured and developed the singing provision at CPS, evidence of which we have heard in concerts throughout the years and seen through the various successes of our choirs in competitions, most recently with the Chamber Choirs’ performance in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall as Finalists in the National Choir of the Year Competition. We congratulate Mrs Beddison on her appointment as Head Teacher at Loretto School in Edinburgh and she will certainly be missed by our musicians; we thank her dearly for her expertise and passion over the last thirteen years. Mrs Beddison, “thank you for the music”!

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