The Summer Concert surpassed the high expectations as student musicians brilliantly entertained a packed New Hall.  The Big Band made a bold start to the evening with three numbers: ‘Splanky’ by Nestico, ‘Li’l Darlin’ by Count Basie and ‘It’s Alright to Disagree’ arranged by Jim Martin with vocals by Lisa and Rosie.  Then followed the Rock Band’s medley of classic tunes by Queen, Jimi Hendrix and AC/DC – the audience did its best to help keep the beat – with vocals by Rayn, Harry and Nathan.  Other large ensemble work included the Wind Band with Philip Sparke’s ‘Year of the Dragon.’  The String Orchestra started with the more formal, Vivaldi’s ‘Rustic’ Concerto ended with a nod to 60s film music by Henry Mancini: ‘Moon River’, ‘The Pink Panther’ and the theme from ‘Peter Gunn.’  The Saxophone Group presented Philip Buttall’s ‘The Lone Ar-ranger’ and a delightful new edition appeared in the form of multiple marimbas and vibraphones with the Senior Percussion Ensemble which created a gorgeous mesmeric mood with ‘Lluvia’ by W Edwards.  In contrast, the Senior Drumline transported the audience to the silver screen with ‘Movie March’ a medley of cinema favourites.  Leaving Seniors, Georgia and Suli performed Four Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet and Piano (Simon Winters) by Shostakovich.  The Flute Group received a rapturous response playing ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ arranged by pianist/teacher, Joel Goodman.

Several vocal contributions on the night included solos by Maria (‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’ from The Little Mermaid) and Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria sung by Baritone, Lucas, who won this year’s ‘Young Musician of the Year’ award.  A sonorous vocal trio featuring Rosie, Anika and Maria with an adventurous Pentatonix version of Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love with You,’ not to mention the always thrilling brilliance of our Chapel Choir’s performance of ‘Insanae et Vanae Curae’ by Haydn.  Final thanks and goodbyes were given by Director of Music, Howard Ebden for the senior leavers: Maria, Lucas, Georgia and Suli.  As always, thanks go to all those who support music at Chigwell so enthusiastically.

Save the date for our next musical event: Into the Woods, 8 – 10th July.