A season of music

Clayesmore’s musicians of all ages have been busy in the weeks since half term, delighting audiences in an array of concerts and performances.

Up first was the Senior School’s St Cecilia’s Concert, with some really accomplished student solos in complex pieces including Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor ‘From the New World’ and Christopher Tambling’s Mass in G. A particular highlight was Katie D (in Year 10) who sang the soprano solo of the Mozart Laudate Dominum with just 24 hours’ notice.

St Cecilia’s Concert was followed by the Festive Spectacular, with many of the Senior School’s ensembles performing pieces ranging from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to the Sussex Carol, and even Bohemian Rhapsody.

We then enjoyed a fabulous morning concert of ‘Delicious Duets’, presented by members of the Piano Club and featuring collaborations between pupils in both the Prep and Senior schools. Piano teacher, Mrs Highnam, had baked some wonderful cakes which were sold in exchange for donations to CLIC Sargent, raising £155.30.

A tremendous range of choral and instrumental music was performed to an appreciative audience in the Chapel at the Prep School’s first big concert of the school year – the  Autumn Concert. We concluded with a celebration of festive music to get us in the mood for Christmas. Many of the children were adorned in festive accessories which added to the atmosphere.

The standard of music from our ensembles, both small and large, was, once again, very high for this stage in the year. Full credit must, therefore, be given to all the pupils for their efforts both at the concerts and to their commitment to rehearsals, which has been excellent.

Rounding off the month, our Pipe Band made their annual visit to Durweston Primary School for St Andrew’s Day, where they delighted the staff and pupils by playing on a beautiful late autumn morning.

You can listen to highlights of some of these concert via the school website