A CORNUCOPIA OF MUSICAL VARIETY - St Andrew's College

A CORNUCOPIA OF MUSICAL VARIETY

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A CORNUCOPIA OF MUSICAL VARIETY

The second Senior Open Concert took place in the auditorium of the Music School on Wednesday evening. As a result of the numerous requests by students to perform, the concert was split into two halves with a short interval in the middle. The first half was kicked off by the Senior String Ensemble performing an interesting arrangement of the popular Justin Bieber’s Company. This was followed by the Wind Orchestra performing the same two pieces they took up to Memory Hall on Monday morning. Both ensembles were very well-received. The second half was opened by the Contemporary Band, under the direction of the department’s newest member of staff, Jayson Flanagan. They performed Daydream by Island Lights to great acclaim. The rest of the concert was made up of soloists and there were many highlights. Chief amongst these were: Angela Volschenk singing Memory by Andrew Lloyd-Webber; Phillip Beynon playing Swan Song on Bass Trombone but surprisingly being accompanied by grade 10 music scholar Emily Morgan; Carla Coltman’s authoritative performance of Prelude Op. 35 No 6 by Mendelssohn for piano; Grade 8 music scholar Asive Ngcebetsha delivering Allegro Assai for Violin by Kuchler with style and grace and also from memory; Daniel Erasmus negotiating his way very well through the demanding Bourree 1 and 2 from Suite in C major for unaccompanied Cello by J.S. Bach; Justin Stoddart on trumpet with See the Glistening Snow by J.B. Arban; the exquisite Ave Maria by Bach/Gounod played so elegantly by Claire Squires on her Cello; and Umtha Sibam singing a very heartfelt If I ain’t got you by Alicia Keys. All in all, a long but excellent evening’s entertainment.

Mike Skipper
Director of Culture