What a year it is has been and the Summer Concert certainly was a highlight! I could think of no better way of celebrating a year of success, than sharing all of the musical talent we are lucky enough to have in Tring School. There was an action packed programme, with something for everyone, possibly our most diverse set of repertoire to date. We opened the concert with a massed performance of ELO’s Mr Blue Sky, with the choirs taking solo lines, accompanied by string group and our windbands, as well as Max Guest on drums, Laurie Garner on guitar, Tim Neal on bass and Phil Marriott on keys. A big thanks to Nathan Gunaselvam for helping to arrange this.
There was a spectacular performance of The Planets from Concert Band, as well as Mark Wilson conducting an upbeat rendition of the music from the film ‘Cars’. As ever, Mr Fox taught us how to ‘rock out’ with Junior Rock Band! Junior Choir performed some beautiful arrangements, really displaying the vocal talent we have coming up through the school. We were really pleased to welcome Guitar Ensemble to the concert, run by the wonderful Rachael Wilman, who did a fantastic job- a real pleasure to listen to. Senior Choir has been lots of fun to run this year, especially working on the Lioness Hunt from the Lion King! However, our favourite had to be the beautiful Seal Lullaby which brought the first half to a close with a sense of calm and nostalgia.
The second half allowed us to showcase the talent of ukuleles, windband, flute group and our lovely Male Voice Group, who sung an acapella version of Goodnight Sweetheart. Girls Choir was a particular highlight and was quite emotional as it was the last time the girls would be led by the talented Amy Pezet. The arrangement of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’ was just superb. We were left in suspense as the Year 13’s took to the stage for their Leaver’s Item- a particularly apt and extravagant version of ‘New York, New York’ renamed ‘Tring School, Tring School’. Absolutely brilliant! It did bring a tear to my eye as it is the last time I will have the pleasure of working with these talented individuals. The Year 13’s have given so much to the school and the Music Department over the last seven years, and we are immensely proud of all they have achieved. We wish them all the very best for the future!
Swing Band brought the concert to a close with classics such as Little Brown Jug and In the Mood, but the audience wanted more, and after a standing ovation, they performed Uptown Funk one more time. Even Mrs Collings was up dancing!
A big thank you to all the parents and staff that helped out and made this event a massive success. It was such a pleasure to hear all the groups perform and to recognise the hard work that they have put in throughout the last term. It really did end the year with a bang! We are all every excited about starting back in September and look forward to resuming extra curricular activities. Please look out for notices about days and times, and auditions opportunities for new group members.
Have a lovely summer!
Miss Eyles, Subject Leader, Music