Crescent School's much anticipated annual Spring Concert took place on Friday 16 March. The concert was very well attended with the school hall packed with parents and family members eager to be treated to an afternoon of fine music and song. They were not disappointed!
The school orchestra opened the concert performing two pieces confidently, the impact of their recent orchestral workshop clear to see. The audience very much enjoyed the lively 'Bluesville' by Bruce Fraser and the familiar theme from 'James Bond' by Monty Norman. Then came the first of the instrumental solos with Vignesh Sadasivan's finger perfect rendition of his latest exam piece 'Song' by Reinecke on piano. Brass Group were up next with two toe-tapping pieces 'Honk' and 'Oompahpah', both arranged by peripatetic teacher, Di Fisher.
Hot on their heels were Mini Brass who captivated us all with their tiny cornets and trombones. Next in the programme was Harriet Gray with an enthusiastic violin performance of 'Ready Steady Go Now' by Kathy and David Blackwell and then came the Wacky Trumpets with 'We are the Champions' also arranged by Di Fisher. The audience were impressed by the wonderful Wacky Music who took to the stage with their amazing and colourful instruments, especially the boomwhackers, and noisily played 'Percussion Panache'; the instruments were clearly as much fun to play as they were a surprise to hear!
The concert continued with Matthew Thomas skilfully playing his trumpet solo, 'Trumpet Tune' by Jeremiah Clarke and then came Class III recorders carefully sounding out 'Dotty Waltz' by Sarah Watts. The Senior Recorders gave an accomplished performance of the traditional 'Lord of the Dance', and they were followed by Maya Patel playing 'Shhh!' by Mark Cropton beautifully on her clarinet. The Flute Group delightfully played two pieces by Pascal Proust 'Petit Nuages' and 'Jongleurs' and Georgia Dowling stayed on stage to play a captivating flute solo of the popular song 'Summertime' by Gershwin.
The concert concluded with a super performance by the Choir. Pupils from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 sang three new pieces. They belted out the challenging 'Still singing' by Partington/McCrorie-Shand, 'The Call' by Regina Spektor and as a stunning finale the ever so catchy 'Rhythm of Life' by Cy Coleman.
Our enormous thanks and congratulations go to all Crescent School's accomplished performers who took to the stage in front of their proud parents, and of course to all their teachers and Director of Music, Julie Barnes who have helped them achieve so much.