The summer term’s Mid-Term Concert on Wednesday 13 June was a richly diverse evening of musical performances to delight and entertain. Encompassing solo items, chamber groups and larger ensembles, this was the perfect platform for showcasing a wide range of Olavian musical talents.
An item which was the first of its kind at such an event was Olly and Samuel’s technology-driven rendition of “Faded”. A video camera and projector were rigged to relay the visual display of the group’s nimble finger-work, whilst speakers delivered the audio, combining in a multimedia feast for the audience. Ruiqi also amazed everyone with his superb performance on the violin of the fiendishly difficult “Czardas” by Monti. Wonderfully lyrical playing was heard in Charlotte’s flute solo and both Arunabh and Lulu’s vocal solos were very moving.
Our Year 12 A- and AS-level musicians were all ready to make their contributions to the evening too. Max performed a string duo alongside Camille. James, Charlotte, Matt and Archie teamed up to produce a fantastic medley of film music for wind instruments, arranged by Archie, the group’s bassoonist. They all, with Lulu, make great ambassadors for Music at the school.
The Symphonic Wind Band had the honour of starting the concert off, setting the tone brilliantly with “The Pink Panther”. The Improvisation Ensemble opened the second half of the programme with their take on “Salt Peanuts” by Gillespie & Clark (no nuts were used in the making of that performance!) and The Summer Strings closed the whole evening with “Ancestors”, an energetic finale to another very enjoyable concert. Well done to all who took part.