The festive season starts at CLS with the Winter Concert
Earlier this week, the Great Hall lights were turned down low, the blue filter was on and the snowflake pattern swirled across the organ and the walls.
The Winter Concert was a highlight of the year - and this year's edition was a real festival of winter music, from plaintive folksongs (The Snow it melts the soonest), through Bach and Mascagni, all the way through to the familiar crooner classics: Let it snow, Chestnuts roasting, Winter Wonderland, Santa Claus is coming to town, Have yourself a merry little Christmas...
The programme featured some fabulous solo singing from John and Patrick in some jazz arrangements accompanied by Mr Quesnel, as well as from two performers who accompanied themselves: Hugo (voice and piano) and Eneko (voice and guitar). The new Cambiata choir made their first appearance, and this ex-chorister close-harmony group sang three sets ending with the upbeat Soul Cake by Sting. Small groups were represented - from Folk Group (Riverdance) to Senior Flute Ensemble and the Ukulele Orchestra brought fabulous festive cheer with Rockin' around the Christmas Tree. Mr Crockatt concluded the programme with Swing Band and Jazz Orchestra, who took us on an exhilarating musical sleigh ride through jazz/funk standards culminating in The Christmas Song and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year .
It really was wonderful to see so many parents, staff and friends turn up to support our Music Department in the sell-out show. Congratulations to everyone involved for a fantastic performance.
The Winter Concert was a highlight of the year - a real festival of winter music.