The Music Department enjoyed a concert at Blakeney Church and a Piano Showcase
3 May 2023
Blakeney Concert (21st April)
Schola Cantorum recently gave a concert in St. Nicholas Church, Blakeney. The concert was split into three parts, ‘Music for Holy Week and Easter’, ‘Music to take us to the interval’ and ‘The Coronation’. This allowed Schola to show off their versatility whilst navigating between traditional choral pieces including sacred works by Vierne, Sanders, Mozart, Langlais and Wesley, and the more contemporary favourites ‘Shenandoah’ and ‘Over the rainbow’. Two solos from Ruby S and Tamsin S were particular highlights, as were the musical offerings from Crickets, Gresham’s elite voice ensemble, who gave entertaining renditions of ‘On wings of Song’ and ‘Ain’t misbehavin”. The concert was brought to a close with a thrilling performance of Parry’s coronation anthem, ‘I Was Glad’. Schola Cantorum produced an impressive concert with some truly wonderful sounds emitting from the choir despite being reduced in numbers. Well done to all students involved.
Piano Showcase (26th April)
The annual Piano Recital was a delight. Featuring students from both the Senior and Prep schools, it was a fantastic showcase of our pupils as they performed on a Steinway grand in the Fishmongers’ Recital Hall. Their extraordinary standard was shown across a range of genres, blending piano classics by Debussy, Fauré, Chopin and Ravel with more modern pieces by Norton, Rodgers & Hart and Tanaka. Well done to Boaz M, Emily M, Noah W, William J, Lyrico H, Jake O, Evie M, Hannah B, Milan H, Belle W and Alice S for their performances, and thank you to our lead keyboard tutor, Heidi Shinn, for coordinating the concert.
Music and Munch (28th April)
Gresham’s informal concert series had another triumph in April, as Music and Munch featured an eclectic mix of music for solo piano, violin, voice, trombone and piano duet. Well done to Milan H, Belle W, Beatrice G, Isadora A, Fergus R, Mia W, Jake O and Amelie H, who all performed to a wonderfully high standard to the appreciative audience. The next Music and Munch is on Friday 19th May. All are welcome to Tig’s café from 12:50pm for a light lunch and to enjoy the concert.
Evensong (30th April)/Chapel music (1st May)
The termly Evensong service took place at the weekend, offering an opportunity to listen to some contemplative choral music in Chapel on a Sunday evening. Chapel Choir performed an impressive array of sacred choral works: ‘Peace I Leave With You’ by Amy Beach as an introit, Ayleward’s responses, Stanford’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C, and finally Stanford’s epic anthem ‘For Lo, I Raise Up’, with Ruby S and Johnny D as soloists.
The following day, Schola Cantorum gave an enchanting performance of ‘How do you keep the music playing’ in Chapel, featuring Ruby S – a wonderful way to start the week!
Music for a Spring Evening – 12 May, 7:30pm
Join us in All Saints’ Church, Morston, on Friday 12th May at 7:30pm for a light programme of vocal and instrumental works. Tickets are £15 and can be purchased from 01263 740063 or 01263 741125. All proceeds to charity.
Music from the Movies – 25 May, 7:30pm
Featuring full orchestra, house band, vocal ensembles and star soloists in Gresham’s atmospheric Theatre-in-the-Woods, this is a not-to-be-missed movie music extravaganza! £10 tickets can be booked from www.trybooking.co.uk/CHWY.