Farlington Spring Concert

April 27, 2017

Spring has officially sprung, and what better way to celebrate than an evening of musical entertainment provided by over 120 fine young musicians at the Farlington School Spring Concert! The evening began with the Orchestra performing Borodin’s Polotsvian Dances, followed by a vivacious performance of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, promising the audience much excitement for the rest of the evening.

The younger pupils treated us to a delicately triumphant recorder performance of Yankee Doodle, and a charming Cha Cha Cha and fiery Tango from the Training Orchestra.

The Strood Consort, made up of senior recorder players and led by Katrina Boosey, effortlessly made their way through the complex passage work of Bach and then performed a very tricky contemporary piece, showing their versatility in various genres.

The Telemann string group effectively conveyed the character and mood of a Mozart Minuet and Trio, with an impressively strong lead from Lara Turner. Then a Gershwin classic, The Man I Love, was performed by the Clarinet Trio with the jazzy lilt for which Gershwin is so well known.

One of the highlights of the first half came from Year 7 soloist Roseanna Savage, who gave a gorgeously peaceful performance of Nocha de Fiesta by Ortiz on harp.

As is tradition, Skatz! ended the first half, performing first a meaningful and delicate arrangement of Feelings, then a strong and fierce Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked, proving that they’re a force to be reckoned with!

The second half kicked off with Razzmajazz and A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square. Not only was it a professional performance led by Matt Ellis, but it featured a fantastic solo verse from saxophonist Kate Wilson.

Instrumental items included the Flute Choir and their graceful and calm performance of Bach’s Air from his Suite in D; the Saxophonics serenading us with a popular Mexican song; and the Guitar Ensemble with a simply charming version of Part of Your World.

The vocal talents of the school were displayed too. Glee club gave an impressive performance of a Pitch Perfect Mash Up which displayed their ability to work with numerous vocal lines at once. The all-singing and dancing Junior Choir, made up of budding singers and performers from the Prep School, were amongst the most enthusiastic performers of the evening, dazzling the audience with a sweet, jazzy song called Every Inch of this Planet is Home. The chamber choir Aristoskatz managed to give a really impressive performance of Pachelbel’s Canon in D, arranged by Bob Chilcott.

The Fl.Ukes provided us with one of the second half’s highlights: a group of singers and ukulelists (yes, that is supposedly the right word!) playing the Elvis classic Can’t Help Falling in Love, with delightful ad-lib harmonies.

The evening was rounded off by Farlingtonic, a choir composed of staff and friends of Farlington, who effectively brought the drama of the West End to their performance of With One Look from Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. Farlingtonic was then joined on stage by Skatz!, Glee, Junior Choir and the audience in a rousing rendition of Queen’s classic Don’t Stop Me Now. An exciting ending to a fantastic concert. The talents of all the girls never fail to amaze anyone who comes to watch them perform! Thank you to Jane Thomas and Brian Dallimore for organising such an enjoyable evening – we look forward to hearing what the Farlington girls have to offer in the summer!

Katie Wycliffe