Teddies past and present making music together

Could there be a more fitting celebration of the opening of the Ogston Music School than to invite past members of St Edward’s to collaborate with current members and the St Edward’s Singers?

On Sunday 23rd April, the Chamber Choir opened the concert with Bach’s ‘Ascension’ Cantata and included some impressive solo recitatives and arias from members of the Sixth Form. Eva Cottingham-Mayall and Ella Davis sang the two dulcet soprano and alto arias while Jamie Fabian-Hunt, Carolina Rimoldi and Theo Ross shared the role of ‘Evangelist’. Myles Docherty joined Carolina in a recitative duet and Tom Montgomery took on the final bass solo, as the choirs of St Edward’s transported the audience back to the 1720s and 30s with two canonic works by Bach and Handel. 

The Choir were accompanied by a Chamber Orchestra which involved pupils and guests. Benjy Bailey and Sophie Robertson-Acolet took charge of the wind section on flute, while Tom Powell and Caleb Akponasa dominated the brass section with piccolo trumpets giving the piece an authentic baroque feel and they were well complemented by Willa Robertson on timpani.

This was followed by the combined forces of the St Edward’s Singers, OSE and the Chapel Choirs, accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra with added OSE members and guests, singing Handel’s Four Coronation Anthems. The ever popular ‘Zadok the Priest’ made for a powerful opening to the set and a particular highlight was the final anthem ‘My heart is inditing’ which involved soloists from each section of the choir.

After an evening of music-making of the highest standard, the concert was followed by a fitting reception in The Ogston Music School which gave OSE and parents the chance to tour around the new building accompanied by the uplifting music from the Modern Jazz Ensemble, showcasing the impressive talents of Noah Smith, Tom Powell, Wilf Cartwright, Benjy Bailey and Will Bolam Bassett.

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