Senior School students showed off their musical talents in the Large Ensembles concert at the University of Victoria on Wednesday evening.
The show opened symphony-style with the strings playing a magnificent number entitled Psalm and Fugue for String Orchestra. To complete the full orchestra, the brass and wind instruments joined in on the second act to play a beautifully synchronized piece entitled A London Symphony. Led by Donna Williams, the mellow harmony was reminiscent of a rain storm.
The Grade 9 concert band woke the audience from its reverie with its marching-band style piece called Everyone Loves a March. With cymbals smashing and the full percussion accompaniment, the bopping heads in the audience showed their enjoyment.
A special acknowledgment goes out to Grade 12 tuba player Erik Burke who played a small solo not long after having his wisdom teeth removed. By the time the Grade 10 Concert Band graced the stage, toes were tapping throughout the audience. The band’s performance of Oliver was especially memorable, led by band teacher John S. Reid.
The Senior Choir was last to take the stage and their first song Seasons of Love from the Broadway musical Rent sent chills up the audience’s spines. Led by Madeleine Humer, the choir capped off the night with a traditional song from Kenya and Tanzania. A small percussion section, which included Brandon Chow, Anthony Sharma and Victor Ma on the bongo drums, was superb in providing an accompanying African beat.
The students have been practicing in music class as well as in early-morning and after-school rehearsals since September. For those in Grade 9, September was the first time the students came together as a band, and this was their first Senior School performance. More than 300 students performed.