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The Dan Eley Foundation Spring Benefit Concert


Godalming College students performed a fantastic array of musical genres to a packed audience last night at the Spring Benefit Concert in aid of the Dan Eley Foundation, a local charity which offers support to young people in difficult or deprived circumstances.
The music department at the College is well known for its excellent performances and the concert at the United Church, did not disappoint.  There are over a seventy students taking part in music at the College in a full programme of extra-curricular activities supported by the music department. The Concert Orchestra, Jazz Band, Chamber Choir, Godalming Singers, and a host of ensembles and individual performances brought a unique flavour to the evening, with music to meet all tastes.  

The first half started with the Concert Orchestra playing Putting on the Ritz from West Side Story and Deh Vieni Non Tardar from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. It continued with the Godalming College Singers providing a range of songs form musicals to the haunting I’m Not the Only One by Napier and Smith.  A change of pace included the Brass Band playing the Dambusters March, Thunderbirds and the Trumpet Voluntary before a serene piano solo, Arabesque by Debussy was played by Jonny North.
The first half of the concert finished with a Marimba Solo played by Will Rowling followed by Hey Traveller.  The Marimba was donated by the Dan Eley Foundation to the College and will provide access for students to this very technical instrument in years to come.  Hey Traveller was written for Dan by Andy Duerden, a songwriter and musician to raise money to fly Dan back to the UK after his accident in Colombia.  An accompanying photographic presentation displayed images of Dan’s rehabilitation. 

After the interval the audience was welcomed back by the jazz band followed by the Chamber Choir singing Shining Night and O My Love’s like a Red, Red Rose.  The trombone quartet played the Girl from Ipanema followed by other ensembles such as the Flute Duet with Rondo by Albert Doppler, the percussion ensemble with Journey on by Geary, and Sophie White playing Medhel an Gwyns, better known as the theme from Poldark.

The Concert finished with the Concert Orchestra led by A level Student Toby Anderson.  Toby is a composer with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and will take his place on a sponsored Music Degree at Cambridge later this year. 
Godalming College musicians will be launching this year’s Music in Park summer season at the Bandstand in Philips Memorial Park on Sunday 13th May at 3pm.