A Musical Christmas
Over 100 students performed brilliantly to a packed house at the 2014 Christmas Concert. Upper Sixth student Matt Brown became compere for the night and introduced the Concert Orchestra, Jazz Band, String Quartet, Rock Choir, Chamber Choir and soloists with a full programme of music including, the festive tunes, Frosty the Snow Man, Baby its Cold Outside, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!
The Chamber Choir performed a beautiful version of My Lord Has Come followed by Carol of the Bells, while the Rock Choir stuck to its roots with Happy by Pharelle Williams and Fix You by Coldplay. A dazzling String Ensemble, ably directed by music student Vicki Fenech performed Carol Dance and the amazing sound of the full concert orchestra brought to life Let’s Get Loud, Theme from Robin Hood, Let it Go, Desperado and few Christmas numbers including All I want for Christmas is You.
Ceilidh Botfield, Head of Music at the college commented “ I am extremely proud of all the students who took part. I was very impressed with their professional attitudes and high level of performance standard. We don’t believe in giving our students easy music to perform and yet they always rise to the challenge with enthusiasm and energy. I would like to thank them for their commitment and hard work.”
The soloists who catered for a range of musical tastes deserve a mention. Caleb Rowan and Beth Duck (who performed on the acoustic stage at Guilfest) both individually sang their own composition work. Lauren O’Mahony and Bethan Martin who play acoustic guitar and sang in beautiful close harmony performed a mesmerising version of the River by Sarah McLachlan. Octavia Fox, Harry Grace and Dan Robertson performed their own composition entitled Girls and Tom Feasey performed a demanding piano solo, Dance of the Knights by Prokofiev.
This was a night of fine music and great entertainment; the next occasion when these performers will gather together for the Godalming community will be at the Dan Eley Spring Benefit Concert held at the United Reform Church. Details of the concert will be available on the Godalming College website in the new year.