Godalming College’s Christmas Concert was a triumph! The first half of the evening contained lively performances from the 70 student strong Concert Orchestra who performed a medley from the musical All Shook Up and the theme from Pirates of The Caribbean, before Gina Dunn joined the orchestra to sing a powerful version of Let It Go. The Jazz Band gave exciting performances of Enter Sandman and Virtual Insanity to get the audience’s toes tapping. The 60 strong Godalming College singers gave impressive 4 part harmony performances of Down To The River To Pray and Man In The Mirror. In between these performances from larger ensembles saw performances from the college’s cello quartet, directed by music student Emilia Pickering and the wind quintet, directed by music student Lizzie Baumberg. Megan Allen treated the audience to a moving performance of Elgar’s first movement from his cello concerto whilst Sophie White sung a beautifully haunting rendition of She Moves Through The Fair.
The second half of the evening was full of festive fun! The college chamber choir gave poignant performances of Midwinter by Chilcott, Bethlehem Down by Wilcox and My Lord Has Come by Todd. This was followed by stunning vocal solos by music students Charlotte Kirkham and Eyra Norman. The Jazz Band returned with swinging performances of This Christmas and Jingle Bells, whilst the Godalming College Singers performed Happy Xmas (War is Over), Fairy-tale of New York and All I Want For Christmas Is You. The evening ended with uplifting versions of Baby It Cold Outside (featuring Hannah Hay and Eoghan McCarthy), Ukranian Bell Carol and a festive medley performed by the Concert Orchestra.
In total, around 100 musicians performed to a packed hall of 200 people. Ceilidh Botfield, Head of Music said ‘I continue to be astounded by the talent, dedication and professionalism of the students. Each year they work incredibly hard to produce fantastic performances and I am very proud of them all. I wish them all a well-deserved rest over Christmas and am looking forward to working towards our Spring concert next term’.
It has been a highly successful term for the Music department with many students achieving great things. Lizzie Baumberg has been auditioning to study French horn at conservatoire and so far has been offered places at Guildhall and RWCMD. Emilia Pickering has achieved a distinction in her cello diploma and won the senior strings class at the Woking Music Festival. Toby Anderson earned a place at the Royal Academy of Music’s Junior Department as a composer this academic year and has gone on to win first place in their carol writing competition. Elizabeth Knatt won both the recorder and wind recital classes at the Woking Music festival whilst Rosie Sutton won the Romantic piano class at the Farnham Music Festival. Frankie Gale has not only been awarded a full scholarship to study clarinet at the Royal College of Music’s Junior Department, but has also successfully auditioned for a place in the National Youth Wind Orchestra. Megan Allen must also be commended for her distinction in the Woking Music Festival’s concerto competition.
Our next concert is on the 29th March 2017. Tickets will be on sale in February at www.ticketsource.co.uk/godalmingcollegemusic