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Spring Concert 2017

The spectacular Spring Concert, featuring performances from String Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Band, Symphony Orchestra and the combined vocal forces of Year 7 pupils from the three senior schools, the Loughborough Singers, Burton Choristers and Consort, Cantamus and Cantilena, and the LES Chorus, took place on Saturday 4 March at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall.

Featuring players from Year 3 through to Year 13, plus alumnus Ross Burns, the String Ensemble played Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Burlesca Ostinata from his Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra. The sound was at least as impressive as the sight of such breadth of age and skill! A condensed String Ensemble then continued with the first movement of JS Bach’s second Brandenburg Concerto, with Year 13 pupils Amelia, Kitty and Avishka, and trumpet teacher Mr Paul Bennett taking the demanding solo roles with considerable aplomb.

Symphonic Wind Band then took to the stage to perform two grand and extrovert pieces. James Curnow’s Fanfare and Flourishes (for a festive occasion) lit up the stage with a demonstration of power and finesse, before we heard Incantation and Dance by John Barnes Chance, which built from a mysterious, mournful opening to a frenzied, whirling dance.

Symphony Orchestra then came to the stage to perform the majestic overture to Wagner’s opera Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg. After this taxing and impressive performance, they continued with the first movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, with soloist Avishka impressing with his virtuoso playing and interpretation.

After the interval, the choirs joined the orchestra on the stage for a spirited and energetic performance of John Rutter’s Magnificat, featuring soloist and former Leicester Cathedral Choral Scholar, Gina Baker. The choir, which came together for the first time on the day, sang with great assurance and confidence, capturing the Latin-American spirit of the piece with real panache.

All in all, this was a terrific showcase of the very best of LES Music.