25 November 2021
Director of Music Mr John Hargreaves promised wonderful music making and a diverse programme at this year’s Autumn Concert, and it lived up to - indeed exceeded - its billing on Wednesday 24 November.
The first half of the evening comprised wonderful student ensemble pieces beginning with the Chamber Orchestra playing a movement from St Paul’s Suite by Gustav Holst, composer of The Planets, and concluding with another out-of-this-world experience, the Symphony Orchestra’s beautiful performance of the Flying Theme from ET, by John Williams. In between, the audience enjoyed pieces from Woldingham’s choirs, bands and ensembles, with percussionists using buckets to great effect in Plastik Surgery by Chris Brooks.
In the second part of the evening, Woldingham students and guest musicians from the wider community gave a magnificent performance of Noye’s Fludde, the Chester Miracle Play set to music by Benjamin Britten. Student singers were joined on their dramatic voyage in the Ark by award-winning professional singer Jozik Kotz as Noye, Year 10 Housemistress, and music graduate, Miss Kimberley Chan as Mrs Noye, Teacher of English Mr Roy Peachey as the Voice of God, and all of Year 7 as the animals.
It was a very memorable evening. Congratulations to everyone involved.