This year’s Gala Concert turned out to be one of the best ever with 17 Upper Sixth Formers performing brilliantly in their last school concert, supported by many other musically-talented school students, parents and teachers. A number of musicians from the wider Westholme community also took part and it was a pleasure to see a number of former students return to school for the event. Last year’s Music Captain, Jade Fielden, even brought with her two friends from the Leeds College of Music who also added to the occasion.
After the orchestra opened with The Radetzky March, Phoebe Bunyan entranced the audience with Beethoven’s Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F. Louise Jaitly then excelled in the first movement of Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D before Fiona Anderson brought out the full beauty of the slow movement from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. Emma Taylor added some lively and exciting Saxophone playing in the Rondo from Mozart’s Concerto K. 495 and Anna Stevens transported the audience to Spain playing music from Rodrigo’s Guitar Concierto de Aranjuez, heavily influenced by the version included on the 1979 album by The Shadows!
A rip-roaring performance of music from The Pirates of the Caribbean concluded the first half of the concert.
The Senior and Choir Tour Choirs then presented highlights from Haydn’s Oratorio The Creation. Arias and recitatives were sung by Rumi Sutton, Natasha Murray, Olivia Pickford, Eloise Mackay, Louise Jaitly, Emma Taylor, Zoe Armer, Nancy Pinner, Fiona Anderson, Sophie Hancock, Laura Backhouse, Laura Blackburn, George Ward-Thompson, Josh Dodding and Fraser Burns. The small orchestra supported admirably and the choir were able to produce moments of great excitement and wonder. Each of the participating Upper Sixth Formers was presented with a rose and this year’s Music Captain Eloise Mackay gave a very effective vote of thanks to conclude a most impressive and enjoyable evening.
Please visit the gallery to view more images from the evening.