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Christmas Ensembles Showcase Concert
December is here, Advent has begun, and what better way to usher in the Festive Season than with a selection of favourite Christmas music performed by our very own Town Close instrumental ensembles? We are fortunate indeed in the sheer number of children who learn musical instruments at school, and tonight’s varied and extensive programme was testament to their skill, dedication and practice. There were, in fact, over ninety children taking part.
As well as the Senior Orchestra, we were entertained by six different wind and brass groups, two string ensembles (a third is waiting in the wings) the guitar and percussion ensembles and, for the first time at Town Close, a harp duet. Having such a wealth of groups ensures that everyone, from the genuine beginner to the experienced soloist and orchestral player in the senior part of the School, can experience the shared joy of music making.
Over the course of an hour or so the audience heard just about every popular Christmas song and carol, many of them in the medley arrangements that have become so familiar. We were treated to no fewer than five arrangements of “Jingle Bells”, and learned of the song’s origins in 19th Century Massachussets…did you also know it was the first song ever broadcast from space?
None of the above is achieved without a great deal of hard work and some expert teaching, and we are so fortunate in the quality and dedication of the visiting teachers who support Mrs Koczur and Miss Skinner in maintaining the high profile of music within our school. To our talented performers and their wonderful teachers we say a huge “Thank You” for giving us such a fantastic evening. Bring on the turkey!