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It has been a busy term so far for the Music Department at Trent College with an array of different events taking place.
Following on from the success of our Piano Department concert, our second concert of the term was the Vocal Department concert which took place on the 2nd October. It was now the turn of singers to take to the stage. Once again the Recital Room was full to brimming and the audience had enjoyed refreshments in the foyer area before the concert began.
The youngest performers were from Year 7, and whether as soloists or in one of the groups, they performed on the same platform as their older role models. After some enchanting performances of solo songs and songs from well-known musicals, some of our sixth-formers presented beautifully realised performances of Italian operatic arias.
Our open choir, the Chorus, began the programme with a lively performance in three-part harmony of the traditional South African song Freedom is Coming. Mrs Grange’s Vocal Ensemble performed Any Dream Will Do by Lloyd-Webber, and in their first concert performance, Schola Cantorum concluded the evening with a four-part arrangement of You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story.
For our next event of the term, we welcomed musicians from the Corps of Army Music who made their first of two visits to Trent College on 9th October. This time it was the turn of the Minden Band, who brought a Wind Quintet and a Brass Quintet to work with our students. It was a little daunting at first for our students to be met by a group of uniformed military personnel, but as soon as they realised that they were all musicians with the same interests everybody got along very well indeed.
All the students enjoyed the day and appreciated the great experience of playing as part of an ensemble of such quality. The brass players had not played together as a chamber group before and through hard work and musicality they blended to form an effective outfit during the course of the workshops.
The newly formed Trent College Wind Quintet particularly welcomed the chance to develop their ensemble skills alongside professional musicians before their first performance in Derby Cathedral the next evening.
Following on from the workshop with the Minden Band from the Corps of Army Music, our Wind Quintet performed in their first concert the following day. Derby Cathedral was holding its annual concert to celebrate the work of the Padley Homeless Centre in Derby and we were invited to take part alongside several local schools.
The quintet performed Dream City by Sir Malcolm Arnold: a thought-provoking piece which combines some lyrical lines with challenging harmonies, encouraging the audience to consider how beauty and difficulty exist side-by-side.
On the whole, the first half of term has been extremely busy for the Music Department and we look forward to more inspiring and exciting events due to take place after half term.