On Wednesday 27 June, we held our Summer Concert in the Hargreaves Hall. It was a particularly moving occasion, with so many of our leaving year 8s performing solos, and all of the ensembles on good form. It was also an opportunity to say “Thank you” and “Goodbye” to Sue Dumpleton after 20 years as a peripatetic teacher at S. Anselm’s. Her recorder ensemble closed the concert with a variety of pieces, concluding with a piece concocted by Sue herself, called “Farewell, Adieu”.
The concert was so long that we took a short interval halfway through, and performances by the Swing Band, Chapel Choir, String Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble were fun and impressive in equal measures. Thanks in particular go to Sue Dumpleton and Nichola Dinnigan for their directing of the String Orchestra, Recorder Ensembles and Guitar Ensemble respectively, and to the whole music team for preparing our pupils so well that they ooze confidence and professionalism on the performance stage. Well done.
Chapel Choir Concert at Papplewick Church
On Friday 29 June, the Chapel Choir (minus the year 8s, who had their Formal Dinner that night) travelled to Nottinghamshire to give an evening recital as part of the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust Summer Party. Preceded by a reception in Papplewick Hall, the members of the Trust were treated to a fine concert by the younger members of the Chapel Choir in the beautiful small church at Papplewick. Solos from Elfie C-E, Amelia M and Amelia W divided up an ambitious programme of choral music from Les Miserables to Rutter’s “For the Beauty of the Earth” and back to “Dream a Little Dream” by the Mamas and the Papas. A huge array of talent was on show as year 7s picked up the baton of responsibility and volunteered for solos. Many important figures from Nottinghamshire were present, and a thank you email was sent by His Honour Judge Tony Mitchell, reading “Last Friday was a most enjoyable evening; do please pass on my thanks to all involved in making it so, not least the choir!”. Well done to all involved – it was a most enjoyable evening indeed.
Wed, July 11, 2012