St Peter's School
We had a very positive start to our concert series this year with a varied Autumn Concert.
The String Orchestra started with the atmospheric Song of the Birds by Pablo Casals, featuring a fine cello solo. Mr Wright then conducted four movements from Handel’s Concerto Grosso in D, which provided a good opportunity for the players to take on some substantial sections with different rhythmical and textural characteristics.
Our Chamber Choir performed Parry’s My soul, there is a country marking the centenary of the Armistice this year and also the centenary of the composer’s death in 1918. This theme of Remembrance was also reflected in solo songs by Butterworth and Gurney.
There were four other commendable solo performances in the concert from our U6th musicians, with music from Schumann, Debussy, Quilter and Poulenc.
The Chapel Choir performed the famous Cantique de Jean Racine by Fauré ahead of our Evensong service in York Minster in November and the Brass Ensemble played the colourful March from The Love of Three Oranges by Prokofiev.
The Clarinet Choir and Barbershop also made a strong start to the academic year with a number of new players and singers involved. Overall it was a really encouraging evening of music-making.