An 11-16 Academy
Stradbroke High School Christmas Concert
An enthusiastic audience packed the main hall on the 5th of December for the annual Christmas Concert. Over seventy pupils from Year 7 all the way up to Year 11 took part, to convey aspects of the Christmas story through music. The range of music ensembles and soloists that performed was testament to the fact that music is really cherished and enjoyed by Stradbroke High School students.
The choir showed their versatility in part singing during the evening in a beautiful arrangement of Away in a Manger by Reginald Jacques and Diamond Bright by Lyn Marsh. It was great to hear even the very youngest members of this group singing with so much confidence.
Brass continues to be a real strength at Stradbroke, under the watchful eye of Ruth Ryan. New pupils were keen to show off their skills on brass in pieces like ‘Stop the Cavalry’, and it was fantastic to have other brass ensembles like girls’ brass taking part too. A particular treat was the exquisite performance of ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ as played by the senior brass ensemble.
Matt Sheperd continues to work wonders with the ‘Amplifier Group’, as they shone yet again in performances of their own compositions. They were given the brief in September to compose and create Christmas compositions for the concert at the end of term. As always the results were both moving and highly creative.
The school orchestra, which continues to grow in number, provided festive cheer in the form of ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ and ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’. They clearly demonstrated their musicianship skills in the expressive way that they interpreted these two Christmas numbers. An enjoyable and memorable evening was had by all.
Mr J. Williams
Head of Music
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