Autumn Concert 2017

The music ensembles and Dauntsey’s Choral Society gathered on Thursday 17 November for a sparkling evening of performances from all the large ensembles across all ages of the school and the Dauntsey’s Choral Society.

The evening opened with a trio of pieces by the Dance Band, fresh from their new jazz concert the previous week with Oli Rockberger.

The Dauntsey’s Female Voices performed two new pieces recently added to their repertoire. Ships Of Arcady by Michael Head showed off their lovely lyrical singing, accompanied by the ever-marvellous Mr Irving. The second piece, Beatus Vir, composed by the contemporary Hungarian composer Levente Gyongyosi, showed off the girls’ ability to sing in multiple parts and control the lush harmonies in an extremely challenging setting of the Latin text

We moved on to the Concert Band, lead by Miss Jardine, performing a medley of famous tunes from Bizet’s opera Carmen which was then followed up by music from favourite James Bond films.

Show Choir livened up the audience with music from Grease, including Go Greased Lightnin’ and Summer Lovin’, with both the boy and girl sections of the choir leading with solos. We then moved onto another lovely performance by the Chamber Orchestra. This time, they played the 3rd movement from the St Paul’s Suite. This ensemble has grown in stature over the past year, producing excellent ensemble playing which has colour and depth to the sound.

Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine provided a beautiful contrast, performed in a very moving manner by the combined Senior choir and Dauntsey’s Choral Society. This piece is always a favourite with singers and the choirs showed their enjoyment through their elegant phrasing and clear diction.

Junior Orchestra conducted by Mr Sims and Mr Gordon returned us to the film music genre with a lively medley from Star Wars before becoming more formal through a rendition of music from Handel’s Water Music.

The first half ended with Men@Dauntseys. This group is rapidly becoming a favourite with audiences, following its first appearance last summer at the concert in Chitterne. They began with I Want It That Way by the Backstreet Boys before ending with a lively performance of Demons by Imagine Dragons. We welcome any boys who would like to come and join us next term for an informal sing.

The second half turned to the Orchestra, Senior Choir and Choral Society. Schubert’s Mass in G featured soloists Natalie Wu, Hermione Owen, Francesca McClean, Chris Clothier, Ed Long and Ben Harding. All performed with great skill and musicality, accompanied by the orchestra. The Gloria and Benedictus movements stood out for the joy and expression shown by all performers.

The concert ended with a performance of Carnival of the Animals. At present, we are blessed with many fine pianists and it seemed a good opportunity to showcase this talent alongside the orchestra. Daryl Siu, Rachel Wo, Rhys Ponting and Kade Sunderland were our pupil piano soloists. Their playing conveyed the character of the animals beautifully and everyone enjoyed the “musical fireworks” in the last movement. Alongside the pianists, the Elephant performed by Ben Harding and Jocelyn Lui made everyone smile and our cello section performed the Swan with wonderful musicality.

Thank you to all the instrumental teachers, school staff and guests who performed with us, music staff who lead ensembles, the lighting, sound and staging teams for their work, the DSPA for lovely refreshments in the interval, the Facilities and Premises teams for their hard work preparing the venue and finally to Mrs Davey who organised us all.
Gareth Harris