From solos to orchestra, concert band to rock groups, Giggleswick School pupils demonstrated a huge variety of musical ability at this year’s Spring Concert.
Director of music, Margie Simper, paid tribute to the breadth and depth of skills on display. These included solo songs - some composed by the students themselves - and solo guitar; three year 9 girls playing with six hands at the piano; small groups such as the Sixth Form Rock Group, the Flute Group and the Ceilidh Band; to the large ensembles, choral and instrumental performances of Schola, Chapel Choir, Orchestra and Concert Band.
Said Mrs Simper: “It was a huge joy to guide the pupils through the evening and a ﬁtting culmination to all their hard work over the last term and more.
“There was great skill - George Collins amazed us with his dexterity playing a guitar piece originally composed as a duet, but performing this on his own as a solo with, accordingly, double the number of notes to contend with.
“There was pathos - the choir’s rendition of Eric Whitacre’s ‘The Seal Lullaby’ was extremely moving and focussed, given the large number of singers involved (we only just ﬁtted them all on to the stage area).
“There was comedy - Schola’s performance of George Gershwin’s ‘Let’s Call the Whole Thing Oﬀ’ was fun and Nick Simper’s performance of Rachmaninov’s ‘Prelude in C# minor’, with the aid of Wil Richmond’s carpentry skills was a lighter moment towards the end of the concert!”
The orchestra opened the programme skilfully with a mixture of classical and ﬁlm music and Concert Band closed the night with five superbly performed classic numbers under the skilful and sensitive directorship of Gareth Maybury.
Mrs Simper continued: “The thing that struck me the most was how everyone seemed to be having such a good time. There was a fantastically positive feeling both on and oﬀ stage. Much of this was due to Laura Stott’s quiet eﬃciency behind the scenes, everyone was well drilled in their roles and the whole concert was slick and professional form a visual aspect. My grateful thanks go to her, Gareth Maybury and Phillip Broadhouse, our choir accompanist, for all their support in the preparation and delivery of this event and for all the visiting music teachers who have worked with our pupils on an individual basis throughout the term and also came to play alongside them in the concert. The concert was a ﬁtting end to a short, but busy term and the school musicians should feel immensely proud of all that they performed so professionally on Thursday and Friday night.”