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Autumn Fund Raising Concert

Autumn Fund Raising Concert

Gresham's School Sound the Trumpets

The Friends autumn fund raising concert was held at St. John’s, Aylmerton on 28th September where we were thoroughly entertained by talented musicians from Gresham’s School, Holt.

Friends, joined by parents, family and friends of the Gresham’s pupils, enjoyed an evening of eclectic music, put together by Lynne Roberts, Head of Brass as well as Head of Music at Gresham’s Preparatory School.

There were no fewer than eight soloists from the Preparatory and main school, who also came together for duets and trios to add to the entertainment.

There were songs from Amelia Fox, Molly Sankey and Clementine Chapple and cello by James Westmore, whilst Sam Aldersley-Williams performed a sparkling rendition on the church organ of JS Bach’s Prelude in E major BWV556 and later turned to the piano to play Chopin’s Waltz Op64 No.2.

Rhianna Campbell-Cann, piano, captivated the audience with her own composition entitled “Poppies” and after the interval sang “Tu lo sai” by Torelli. However, it was Libby Faye, recorder, who took everyone by surprise with a foot tapping and entertaining rendition of Alan Bullard’s “Barbeque Blues”.

Entwined into this delightful programme was the eleven strong Brass Ensemble who showed their talents to great effect with pieces by Purcell, Handel, a Bach Suite and five bagatelles by Gordon Jacob. A traditional and very lively “Drunken Sailor” was thrown in for good measure!

Trumpeter, George Jefford, made a dash from performing in Cambridge, to join the concert after the interval of wine/soft drinks and “posh” nibbles. His featured solo was Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E♭ which was enthusiastically received. He joined up with the Brass Ensemble in the second half with great effect and a most enjoyable evening was rounded off with the Brass Ensemble’s arrangement of Handel’s “March from Scipio”.

Our grateful thanks to each and every one of the students for giving up their time to present such an entertaining and memorable evening.

Also to the Friends who helped out on the night a very big thank you. The event raised a very worthwhile £500 for the Fabric Fund.