Content Writer | Alice Couling
At the end of an intense week we all like to call freshers, the music department played host to the Welcome Week Concert 2018. The concert which was very well received consisted of an orchestra and choir in which many of the participants were freshers themselves. The orchestra started the concert with ‘Dance episodes’ from ‘On the Town’ by Leonard Bernstein which were conducted by Peter le Tissier, this gave an exciting and lively start to the performance and showed off promise of what was to come. Next was the choirs turn to show the audience what they were capable of and Lili Boulanger’s ‘Hymne au soleil’ achieved just this, conducted by Shivani Rattan and featuring a beautiful solo from Chloe Wedlake this piece delighted everyone and left them in awe. The strings then joined the choir for Toby Young’s ‘Love and Harmony’ again lead by Shivani Rattan the combination of voice and strings captivating the audience. To conclude the first half, it was time for the orchestra to perform Gabriela Frank’s ‘Three Latin American Dances’ featuring a variety of solos and conducted by Rebecca Miller this piece definitely made the orchestra a force to reckoned with and also provided some energetic foot tapping.
After a well-deserved break the orchestra joined us again with another Boulanger piece, this time it was the turn of ‘D’un matin de Printemps’ which provided an enchanting journey and was a great ode to Boulanger herself. Shivani Rattan and her welcome week choir retook the stage with the ever lovely ‘Les Chansons des roses’ composed by Morten Lauridsen. With the majority of this piece being unaccompanied the choir had the huge task of remaining in tune without the help of the ever-talented Flynn Sturgeon accompanying them until the last movement ‘Dirait-on’ when the choir and the piano moulded beautifully together, once finished it would have been impossible to hear a pin drop. The orchestra followed once again and captivated the audience with Ravel’s ‘Bolero’ so good that you could imagine Torvill and Dean dancing above your head. Many thanks and congratulations must go to Nathan Dearden, Sophie Hooper and Shivani Rattan for putting on a fabulous showcase of new talent and all soloists should be proud of some excellent performances.