A fantastic evening of music making takes place

On Sunday 26 March, the community at St George's College, Weybridge enjoyed yet another musical tour de force; the annual choral and concerto concert has become a highlight of the College’s cultural calendar and this year was no exception. 

In celebration of Mothering Sunday too, an enormous audience gathered in the beautiful College Chapel for the Music Department’s final event of the term, under the direction of Mrs Tansy Castledine, Director of Music at St George’s, and were treated to some truly stunning choral and instrumental performances. 

The multitude of performers involved included members of both the College and Chamber Choirs, the Choral Society and the Chamber Choir from Charters School in Sunningdale, accompanied by the exquisite playing of the Sinfonia Orchestra, led by Ms Sue Hooley, Director of Music at St George’s Junior School.

The concert opened with Francis Poulenc’s Gloria, which featured breathtaking solos from 5th Year pupil Izzy Smart. The first half of the concert concluded with a beautiful rendition of Beethoven’s Romance No. 2 in F performed on the violin by Upper Sixth pupil Annie Dersy. The second half opened with another superb instrumental performance as Lower Sixth pupil Shane Thomas stunned the audience with the Addinsell Warsaw Concerto, composed for the 1941 film Dangerous Moonlight. 

A truly impressive rendition of Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (more commonly known as the Nelson Mass) was a terrific conclusion for the concert. Featuring pupil soloists Melodi Akkemik, Josie de Bruin, Annie Dersy, Marcus Dickson, Michael Miller and Kaveh Safavi, alongside Old Georgian John Holland-Avery, all of the musicians involved gave an electrifying performance which was justly met with rapturous applause from the audience.

Thanks go to Charters School Chamber Choir and its Director of Music Mr Mike McKenna, along with Mr Andy Barton and Ms Kathryn Wardil for enabling such a fantastic evening of music making to take place.

29 March 2017

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