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Lighthouse Concert 2017


The school’s biennial visit to Poole Lighthouse on Sunday 19th March saw pupils and their families, staff and members of the wider Canford community gather for a wonderful musical evening.

The programme included well known pieces including the William Tell Overture (Rossini) and the Dvořák Largo from the New World Symphony, with soloists supported by a full orchestra which incorporated musicians from across the year groups. Their final piece, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, was an ambitious choice for a school but the orchestra carried it off convincingly. Brass and Percussion gave full vent to any frustrations they might have - especially in the Great Gate of Kiev final movement - and strings and woodwind were tested to the limit in Baba Yaga. The well-known Promenade showed off the excellent trumpets, led by Honor Hornsby with the strings ably led by Tom Davies.

The Symphonic Wind Orchestra, conducted by James Aiken, gave a simply extraordinary performance of some remarkable pieces. Michael Sweeney’s Earthdance included the most atmospheric clicks and whistles from the percussion section and indeed the whole orchestra, before the grand tune was carried by our exceptional brass and woodwind players.

The Mozart Solemn Vespers conducted by Chris Sparkhall were performed by the combined choirs of the school choral society, the school choir, and the chamber choir. The quality of the voices, in particular from the Chamber Choir was exceptional and it was a truly spine-chilling moment when Grace Gammell’s clear and fine soprano soared over the professional orchestra and the backing of the chamber choir during the Laudate Dominum. Honor Hornsby’s excellent mezzo was no less impressive during her solo moments in the Confitebor and the Magnificat.

As reviewer Dr Stephen Wilkinson commented: “It was music-making of the highest order, and all those involved, audience and performers alike, will remember a remarkable evening for a long time.”

Many thanks to everyone involved in making this such a memorable event.
Published: March 29 2017

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