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Lower School Concert Highlights

Thursday, 08 February 2018

The Lower School Concert took place in the Great Hall on Tuesday evening. It was a fantastic display of skill and talent from the lower school, ranging from traditional orchestras to a ukulele orchestra, from Swing Band to solos on many instruments. It began with Kreisler's Praeludium und Allegro perfomed with great poise by Kohtaro Harada, which was a good beginning to the night. After the solo came the Second Orchestra, led by Dan Li, who played Farandole by Bizet, which was a gripping piece of music. Next came the Clarinet Ensemble who played a fast Comigo e na Madera. After the clarinets came First Former Tobi with a flute sonata movement by Quantz, that was melodious and soft. After this solo came a piano solo from Third Former Rishabh which provided an effective contrast to the previous piece, as the piano solo was more fast paced and jazzy. Next came a super violin solo from Third Former Felix,, Remembrances by John Williams, based on themes from the films Schindler's List. This was followed by the CLS Second Brass with the Battle Hymn of the Republic and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Perhaps the most memorable performance of the night was the Ukulele Orchestra singing and playing Viva la Vida and Count on me. It was then the turn of the Junior String Orchestra, led by Felix, who played a fast-paced jig from Holst's St Paul Suite. Second Former Jian followed with an amazing piano solo by Ravel. Then came another storming drum solo from Third Former Tife; Brazil Overture by Salmins. The concert finished off with the Swing Band playing All my Loving with a solo from Third Former Archie, which was a very lively finish to a great night.

The concert would not have been possible without the music staff, the technicians, the players and of course the audience. It was a brilliant night and a pleasure to listen to.


Perhaps the most memorable performance of the night was the Ukulele Orchestra.
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