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CLS team up with London Youth Choir for Spring Concert

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

This week we welcomed the first day of Spring with one of the most exciting events in the school calendar- the Spring Concert. Our choir performed alongside the London Youth Choir Training Choir, one of five choirs that fall under the London Youth Choir family, a series of choirs for young people in London from primary school age to 23. They use our Great Hall each week for their rehearsals.

The Chamber Choir kicked off the concert, singing three contrasting pieces from a setting of the Canterbury Tales (Chaucer) by George Dyson. These ranged from smooth and atmospheric pieces to loud and grand, explosive tunes. The LYC then took to the stage to perform the fifth of a set of choral settings of Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke, written in French entitled Les Chansons des Roses by Morten Lauridsen; a calm and beautiful piece, tenderly sung by the LYC.

Next, the LYC and CLS Chamber Choir joined forces to sing Benjamin Britten’s cantata Rejoice in the Lamb, written for the 50th anniversary of St Matthew’s Church, Northampton. The cantata was a huge success and the amazing performance ended the first half of choral music.  

After a brief interval, Senior String Orchestra took to the stage, performing Schubert’s Death and The Maiden, his String Quartet No.14. This is one of his most popular pieces of chamber music, originally for string quartet. The first movement performed displayed a kaleidoscope of emotions- from hugely passionate, to the quietest of soft moments. These emotions were all aptly displayed in the performance provided by our Senior String Orchestra.

Finally, the turn of the First Orchestra had come. One after the other, tubas, trombones, horns, trumpets, oboes, clarinets, flutes, percussionists and more filled the stage. Packed to the brim with all types of sound waiting to burst out of those instruments, the music began.
The 2nd Symphony Little Russian by Tchaikovsky was the piece in question, and its four movements were full of moments of folk tunes, earning it praise from Russian nationalist composers and its nickname. The first movement was started and ended by a flowing horn solo, played brilliantly by Miss Jones.

The final movement of the concert was the contrasting fourth movement, which contained loud and fulsome sections of the full orchestra, but was punctuated with quiet, emotive string playing. The symphony was finished off in dramatic fashion, with the full orchestra proving a hard-hitting and memorable finish to the concert showcasing the high standards at CLS and the outstanding London Youth Choir.

The stage was packed to the brim with all types of sound waiting to burst out of those instruments.
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