Swing and symphonic wind bands, a jazz ensemble, Orchestra and Choir all got the chance to shine in front of an audience of more than 500 at Nottingham’s Albert Hall as 200 of Trent's many musicians and singers took part in our annual Spring Concert on Friday (9 March).
Pupils from Year 7 to Sixth Form, along with staff, parents and friends of Trent College, performed a diverse programme of arrangements, which included music from artists and composers as varied as the Beatles, Holst, Vivaldi and Phil Collins.
Highlights included Emma Young’s solo saxophone performance on the sultry Harlem Nocturne by Ray Noble, accompanied by The Jazz Combo, Kate Brooks also on saxophone performing Against All Odds by Phil Collins with The Swing Band, and the Symphony Orchestra’s rendition of the Klaus Badelt’s Pirates of the Caribbean film score. The Orchestra was led by Oscar Sinfield, who after enjoying five years as a member of the National Children’s Orchestra is now part of the Birmingham Symphony Youth Orchestra.
There was a moment of poignancy too when the Massed Choir, including the Trent College Chapel Choir, all Year 7 pupils, students, staff and friends of Trent, with a reduced Symphony Orchestra, paid tribute to Britain’s heroic military men and women with a performance of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. This included a solo of the Last Post by National Children’s Orchestra trumpet player and Year 8 pupil, Francis Sinfield.