Published 21 November 2022
Monday 7 November was Autumn Orchestra Day – a day devoted to whole school music making. Over one hundred students assembled in the hall with a wide range of instruments and abilities to play and rehearse together. As well as performing as a massed ensemble, students also benefitted from specialist coaching sessions. In addition to directing the whole School Orchestra, Mrs Robertson ran a strings session, Mr Tostdevine and Miss Boggett shared their skills with the woodwind players, while Ms Maunders drew on her experience to coach the brass and percussion.
As part of the day, Sixth Form students were also given opportunities to take on leadership and directing roles – including conducting the Senior Orchestra in rehearsals for next month’s performances of The Snowman. It was a really valuable day, and great preparation for the upcoming seasonal performances, including the annual Carol Service in St Nicolas Church. There’s always room in the School Orchestra for more players of all instruments and abilities – if you haven’t already tried it, then why not come along to rehearsals during Friday activity times?