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The Blue Coat School Summer Recital provides a wonderful opportunity for the School community to gather together to celebrate the musical talents and achievements of our students.

On Thursday 9th July the School choir, orchestra and a host of ensembles including the Jazz Band and Concert Band, took to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall stage for a special ‘Celebration of Music’ concert.

After months of intensive rehearsals the School orchestra opened with a rousing performance of extracts from Dvorak’s 1st Movement of the New World Symphony. Under the leadership of Director of Music Mr Emery, the orchestra continued to demonstrate not only their remarkable skill but their enthusiasm and love of music throughout the evening, with performances of Badolt’s Pirates of the Caribbean Suite and Walton’s Crown Imperial.

Many of our students were taking to the stage for the first time as part of the School’s Year 7 Music Beginners Programme. Thanks to the generous support of our parents, Old Blues, staff and friends of the School who have donated to the School’s Development Fund this year, it has been possible to purchase a variety of new musical instruments for the programme. This project provides our Year 7 students with a fantastic opportunity to begin learning a new instrument free of charge. Undaunted by the grand surroundings of the Philharmonic Hall our youngest musicians performed with the School’s Flute, String and Junior Percussion Ensembles, to great applause. We look forward to seeing these young musicians blossom over the next seven years.

The second half of the evening brought together the Choral Society, involving staff, parents and friends of the School and the School choir for a magnificent performance of highlights from Orff’s Carmina Burana. The choirs were supported by Caroline Smith and David Dear on piano and the School’s talented percussionists. The culmination of the thirty minute spellbinding performance, which included stunning solos by students Ben Rutt-Howard and Kelsey Walsh, prompted rapturous applause from the audience.

This year’s Summer Recital was a huge success and our students should be extremely proud of themselves for producing a concert of the highest standard. Our thanks are also extended to Mr Emery and Miss Christine Horton and members of our Choral Society.

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