On Thursday 4th April, one of Borlase’s most popular musical events of the year took place: the Senior Concert. The evening showcased a selection of the fantastically talented ensemble groups that the school has to offer, and this year the standard exceeded all expectations. Headed by both staff and student leaders, the audience were treated to a night of rich musical entertainment, ranging from Beethoven to Bruno Mars!
The night commenced with a performance of ‘Carousel Waltz’ by Richard Rodgers from the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mr Miall. Other larger ensembles who performed included Concert Band, with a performance of the lively and challenging ‘A Yorkshire Overture’ by Philip Sparke, and the Senior String Orchestra conducted by Dr Parsons, whose performance included a heart-warming arrangement of Salut d’Amour by Edward Elgar.
All of the school’s senior vocal ensembles performed including Chapel Choir, Madriguys (this time with backing Piano, Bass and Drums for their performance of ‘Pompeii’ by Bastille!), Cantorum and Gospel Choir. A new audience favourite, the Y12 Barbershop group, also performed, starting from the back of the theatre and walking down the stairs whilst charming parents with their songs ‘Nevertheless’ and ‘Zing! Went The Strings of My Heart’. Student-led smaller ensembles also provided lovely and engaging musical performances, including Clarinet Collective, Flute Choir, Saxophone Ensemble and String Quartet.
Another obvious highlight was the Jazz Band, led by Mr Davie who instrumented a confident rendition of ‘Respect’ and ‘Love Shack’, encouraging each of his performers to give a short solo mid-piece. Particular congratulations must be given to Sean Douglas, Y13, who sang to audience members during the interval.
Finally, the much anticipated Leavers’ Medley performed by the Year 13’s concluded the night. This lively number was performed as a last farewell to the school and its Performing Arts teachers, featuring some highly amusing interpretations of select teachers and their mannerisms. We wish all the Year 13’s who have been involved in the Music Department all the best in the future. Their hard work and commitment in leading many of the groups will be missed.
A special thank you must also be given to Mr Miall and all staff who supported the concert and enabled the evening to be such a success.
Maria Rees, Year 13