Wow! Another great concert from all of the TAMC Groups.
Last night, the groups really raised the roof of Castle School. With a near-capacity audience, we were joined by very special guests the Deputy Mayor of Thornbury and Steve Webb MP.
There was a real mix of music. The Junior groups entertained in the first half of the concert, with a collection of tunes new and old. The Junior Wind, conducted by Trudy Monday opened the concert withthe ‘Colonel Bogey March’ with some spirited wind and brass playing. The Junior Strings, conducted by Janet Lewis, performed the ‘Dance of the Reed Pipes’, before combining with the wind to give a rousing rendition of the Mission Impossible Theme – no easy task as it’s in 5/4 time!
With so many chamber groups now rehearsing at TAMC (6 at the last count), two were featured in the Summer Showcase. Our youngest string group performed Pachelbel’s Canon in D, before our oldest chamber group ‘The Octaves’ performed ‘Somebody that I used to Know’ arranged by TAMC violist Copper. The first half closed with the choir, ably accompanied by recorder soloist and ‘The Octaves’, performing Jenkins’ ‘Adiemus’.
After the interval, the Seniors took to the stage. The strings began with an energetic version of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. Highlights of the second half included the Bach Double Violin Concerto with soloists Ruth and Emma, the Senior Wind performing ‘Shrek Dance Party’ and the strings getting all of the audience clapping their hands and stamping their feet to Ray Charles’ hit ‘Halelujah, I love her so’ with blues piano accompaniment. The concert closed with a performance of Debussy’s ‘Clair de Lune’ and Grieg’s ‘Peer Gynt Suite No.1′ by the Senior Orchestra conducted by Chris Sanders and Dury Loveridge.
The Deputy Mayor and Work and Pensions Minister Steve Webb MP offered their support and words of encouragement to the players, and remarked what a great success TAMT has become in only a year. There were also certificates for the long-serving players leaving us for university this year, and words for Dury Loveridge who leaves his position coaching the TAMC Seniors to work more closely with the senior ensemble The South Cotswold Youth Orchestra. The new Senior Strings Tutor Kate Robey was welcomed, who looks forward to working with the strings next year.