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Godalming College Orchestra

The Christmas Concert 2017

As always the Godalming College’s Christmas Concert was a triumph and brought festive cheer with people leaving the College singing some of their Christmas Favourites.

The first half of the evening was opened by the Concert Orchestra with selections from Chicago, Gonna Fly Now and Stevie Wonder.  An eclectic mix of music followed with true classics as in the Violin Duet Invention numbers 1 and 8 by Bach and Trombone Quartet: movement 2 by Bourgeios to modern hits such as Sky Fall and Valerie by the Jazz Band.  The highlight of the first half was a solo by Will Rowling playing the Marimba, a South American/Latin instrument that The Dan Eley Foundation has donated to the College, which Will is making full use of.  Dan, an ex-student of the College, was at the concert to hear the instrument being played in its debut performance.

The second half was aimed at putting everyone in the festive mood with the Wind Quintet playing a beautiful Away in a Manager, The Flute Trio with Gaudete  and the Chamber Choir’s moving Seal Lullaby by Witacre, Angels Carol by Rutter and O Magnum Mysterium by Lauridsen. The Godalming College Singers gave us a very jolly Wonderful Christmastime by McCartney and Silent Night by Mohr and Gruber and the Concert Orchestra finished with Fairytale of New York, Ukranian Bell Carol and a medley of Christmas tunes which they called A Jazzy Christmas.

YouTube videos can be found here

Marimba Solo
Chamber Choir
Violin Duet
Flute Solo
Wind Quintet

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’.

Our next concert is on the 14th March 2018. Tickets will be on sale in February at . Meanwhile The Godalming College Singers can be heard on Eagle Radio on Friday 22nd December at 7.45am with their version of Silent Night.

It has been a highly successful term for the Music department with many students achieving great things, they are
DASH BUCKLEY - invited to perform at the Victorious Festival
DEE FERRY-SWAINSON - appointed Musical Director for a performance with the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre and also composed the music for the show
LEO CRELLIN - organised and performed at a fundraising concert
CLEM PICKERING -performed at the BBC Proms as a violist in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 
FELIX ROCKHILL - achieved a place in the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain 
ELLIE HOPE - been appointed as a first clarinettist in the Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra
CARMEN DUTTON -performed in a concert with the Surrey Country Youth Wind Orchestra
MATTHEW TATE - played in too many concerts with the South West Surrey Wind Band and the Godalming Brass Band to list! 
MEGAN ALLEN - given a grade of ‘outstanding’ at the Farnham Concerto Competition
ROSIE SUTTON - selected to perform at the Royal Academy of Music’s Piano Concert
JONATHAN HAIGH  -passed grade 7 classical guitar with distinction
DANNY BAUMBERG - awarded a place in the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain for the third year running
TOBY ANDERSON - commissioned to compose for the Royal Academy of Music’s Junior Symphony Orchestra
WILL ROWLING -performed at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble
ZOE OWLETT - appointed as first bassoon in the Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra and the Surrey County Youth Orchestra
ANNABEL CHANTRY - passed grade 8 clarinet with merit
JESS GREEN - appointed Principal Flautist with the Hampshire Chamber Youth Orchestra
TOBY ANDERSON - appointed Composer in Residence for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
GABRIELLA CATILLI - achieved the Musical Baccalaureate 
CARMEN DUTTON - toured Venice with her Jazz Band over the summer holidays
DANNY BAUMBERG - selected to perform a solo in a concert with the Surrey County Youth Wind Orchestra
ELERI WILLIAMS - passed grade 8 piano with a high merit
MATT ELLIOTT - appointed percussionist with the Almac Bisley Brass Band
ROSIE SUTTON - selected to join the Royal College of Music’s Junior Symphony Orchestra
LEILA AL-AZZAWI & THOMAS WILDE - won the string duet class at the Farnham Music Festival
DANNY BAUMBERG & FELIX ROCKHILL - performed with renowned trumpeter Louis Dowdeswell and the Band of the Royal Logistic Corps
DASH BUCKLEY –participated in a vocal workshop and performance at the Royal Academy of Music
ZOE OWLETT - passed grade 6 bassoon
TOBY ANDERSON - received an offer to study Music from Oxford.
EYRA NORMAN - offered a full scholarship from the Royal College of Music, The Royal Welsh College and and Drama and a conditional offer from the Guildhall and is awaiting the oucome of further auditions
MEGAN ALLEN - received an offer from Trinity College of Music in London and awaiting the outcome of other auditions