On Tuesday 28th November, 53 of Kings’ musicians gathered in the school hall to celebrate a hard term’s work in their ensembles. The Senior Orchestra began the evening with Strauss’ Fanfare from Also Sprach Zarathustra, with dramatic percussion interludes from Fiorella Barbaro, Owen Luckhurst and Mr. Hyde. They continued with Richard Rodney Bennett’s Little Suite which featured notable solos from oboists Iona Mitchell and Rachel Cox, bassoonist Isobel Gilbert, clarinettist Rupert Walker, trumpeter Archie Caithness and with Oliver Davis taking a horn solo. The set closed with Berlioz’s March to the Scaffold from Symphonie Fantastique – inspired by an opium-fuelled dream, the piece depicts the composer’s imaginary march to the guillotine; his final moments illustrated by a lingering clarinet solo (Raphael Janssens).
The saxophone quartet followed with Gavin Whitlock’s Midnight in Kinsale and a funky arrangement of Nice Work if You Can Get It by Gershwin. The newly formed Barbershop framed the first half with The Jackson 5 - I Want You Back, featuring a solo from Edward Hyde. There will be lots more to come from this group, and booking for weddings and dinners are open!
The String Quartet began the second half of the concert with a delightful rendition of the Menuetto from Mozart’s first Quartet in G Major. King’s Brass followed on with Danny Boy and The Great Escape, featuring some bopping basslines on the tuba, played by Nathaniel Rushton (8F). It was also a pleasure to welcome Sam Davis (8F) into the group and to see these two prep school boys joining senior ensembles.
Graeme Vinall took the helm for the final two ensembles: Wind Band brought three fantastic arrangements including the cleverly wrought Metrix, Adele Adkins’ Skyfall and America by Bernstein. The Jazz Band brought the evening to a stunning close with Perdido and Fidgety Feet. Many thanks to all those pupils who worked assiduously to make such a high standard of music and thanks to the peripatetic staff for their unfailing dedication.