“On Wednesday 12th July members of The Blue Coat School community were treated to a sumptuous feast of diverse music of an international flavour played, with skill, confidence and ease by our talented musicians and singers, led by Director of Music Mr Simon Emery, Miss Christine Horton and numerous peripatetic music teachers.

The quality was extremely high with exceptional virtuoso playing on the piano by student Katherine Neo in the first movement of Beethoven’s third piano concerto, on the violin by Nathan Crist in Wieniawski’s the Bagpipe Player and by Dean Rogers who gave a mesmerising performance of Gerassimez’s Asventuras on the snare drum. All three students are preparing to attend university, along with many other senior members of the orchestra and choir, and their departure, will be a great loss to the department. Reflecting on the contribution of Year 13 students to the music department, Mr Emery highlighted their immense talent, dedication, positive mentality to hours upon hours of practice and concluded by wishing them all the very best of luck.

The audience were enraptured by the solo of the Hippopotamus Song by Year 7 student Arwen Davies and joined in the last chorus heartily after a lovely request from Arwen to do so!

Our Concert and Jazz Bands played with great strength and swagger as though it was an afternoon at the bandstand on the river at Chester! Most appealing and relaxing!

Bringing the recital to a close the school choir sang and enchanted the audience with much expertise and enjoyment, with their rendition of a Lennon and McCartney Medley and Piach and Porcaro’s Africa.

The summer recital was a magnificent effort by the music department. It thrilled the audience and made the whole occasion a veritable and unforgettable banquet of musical delight.”

Mr Caulkin MBE

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