Month: June 2008

Gala Concert 2008

Monday 30th June 7.30pm  – KS 4/5 “Gala Concert”


Our two summer term concerts were once again a resounding success. The Year 7 and 8 students had their final opportunity to perform as ‘Easties’ at their ‘East Goes West’ concert.

The standard was once again very high and we were treated to performances from Training Band, Training Strings, Guitar Ensemble, Flute Choir, Bow Tie Rack, Wind Band, Pure Steel, Caribbean Queens, 7RBT Drum Group and a massed Year 7 choir.  Sophie-Louise Phillips played ‘Blues for Joseph’ on the saxophone, and David Tobin, our Composer in Residence, directed Mod-Med, a brand new group, as they performed ‘Three to Four’, a new Year 7 composition.

Well done to all the students, Raydene Vaughan, Rob Reid, Paul Parker, Julie Shaw and all the peripatetic staff for rounding off music at NSG East in such a spectacular way. We look forward to welcoming the Year 7 and 8 students to West in September.

The Gala Concert is our opportunity to say farewell to our leavers and enjoy a little bit of summer sun with outdoor entertainment.

The formal part of the evening featured performances by the Concert Band under the direction of Peter Dunkley, the String Group with Corinne Malitskie, Sax Group with Rob Reid and the ever popular Madrigalis with our very own Julie Shaw and accompanied on the piano by Mark Pescott.

We were treated to a fine performance of ‘Tota Pulchra Es’ by Nikki Hannent, Sarah Horner, Daisy-Kate Hornsby, Emily Kouzaris, Philippa Smith, Jenny Manson, Eleanor Robertson, Jeni Mulchrone and Joanna Dunmore.  A string quartet made up of Alex Bragg, Philippa Smith, Emily Sturgess and Casey Burgess played Pachelbel’s Canon.  Our soloists for the evening were Emily Kouzaris who played Greenwood’s ‘The Acrobat’ on trombone, Daisy-Kate Hornsby who played Mintzer’s ‘Church Song’ on saxophone, Hannah Kitson who played the 2nd movement from Hindemith’s Sonate on bassoon and Sarah Horner who played Cooke’s 2nd Sonata in B Flat on clarinet.

The informal part of the proceedings followed with outdoor performances from Big Band directed by Rob Reid, The Adventures of Molly featuring Oliver Cox, Matt Jones, Martyn Lyman and David Quigley, and last, but certainly not least, “Tie Rack” who performed six of their favourite numbers and ‘wowed’ us all once again with some amazing improvisation.

We were lucky with the weather this year and we are looking forward to next year when the new Performing Arts block will be up and running and we’ll be able to perform in the wonderful new outdoor performance area.