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This weekend marks the start of Advent, the busy period of preparation before Christmas. There is more to it than chocolate calendars, of course: our Schola Cantorum will sing in seven services during the next fortnight, from the beautiful Advent service this Sunday evening to the final carol service on the last evening of term.
Our talented student musicians have already performed in a wide range of very successful events this term. Six concerts have been held in our newly restored Recital Room, including this week’s concert given by the Strings department. As well as virtuosic solos, duets and small ensembles, the concert also featured impressive performances from both of our new string quartets: the Derwent Quartet played the first movement of Mozart’s string quartet number one and the Trent Quartet played the slow movement from Dvorak’s notoriously challenging American Quartet.
Last week’s concert in the May Hall on St Cecilia’s Day was a musical centrepiece of the term. Many of the school’s large ensembles performed, including the Swing Band and Jazz Band, two wind bands, two string orchestras, a percussion ensemble, Schola Cantorum and the Symphony Orchestra. The audience were thrilled by all of the groups, but a breath taking performance of the full orchestral version of Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances by the Symphony Orchestra was particularly memorable.
Amongst all of those carol services to come, there is also one last concert of term. This will be on Thursday next week in the Recital Room, given by Brass Department. As always, everyone is welcome.