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26th March 2018

End of Term Newsletter Now Available!

Thanks to our Parent Volunteer Newsletter Editor, Lynn Bath, for pulling together all the articles which reflect another amazing half term at Owen’s! Please see our School Newsletters page!

Wishing everyone an enjoyable Easter break!

 

 

Year 13 soloists perform in final concert of the term!

The Easter Term came to a thrilling close with the eagerly-awaited Concerto Concert, which every year offers Year 13 students the fantastic opportunity to perform as soloists on stage in the EGH, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra, Senior Strings and Senior Big Band.

The programme featured an astonishing total of eleven individual performances, with instrumentalists playing movements from concertos by Saint-Seans, Milhaud, Schumann, Vaughan Williams, Goltermann, Duke/Gershwin, Purcell, Glazunov and Bruch, and Hannah Andrusier singing Dido’s Lament from Purcell’s opera, Dido and Aeneas.

The commitment, musicianship and level of virtuosic ability of all the soloists was exceptional, as was the unstinting stamina and support of all the members of the ensembles who played throughout the evening.

Congratulations to this year’s soloists – Sam Levy, Sabrina Davis, Sam Weinstein, Jessica Vinson, Miriam Shabetai, Abigail Clark, Hannah Andrusier, Lily Wood, Samy Okuma-Chin, Nathan Mansell and Kourosh Ahmadi, and to the conductors, Mr Marshall, Mr Widden and Mr Kelly.

Our thanks to all those who worked so hard to made the evening such a special occasion, as for many students it was their final concert at Owens after many years of involvement with the life of the Music Department. We wish them all the very best!

Choral Concert Choirs in fine voice!

Riding on a high following their recent success in the Mid-Somerset Choral Festival in Bath, over 200 pupils from Years 7 – 13 took to the EGH stage last week for the much-awaited Choral Concert,which featured all four of the school’s fantastic choirs, Junior Choir, Junior Chamber Choir, Senior Mixed Choir, Senior Chamber Choir and the wonderful Close Harmony Group.

Joy, hope and praise were recurring themes throughout many of the songs chosen for the concert’s highly enjoyable programme, which included ‘Sing’, ‘I’m Beginning to See the Light’, ‘Praise His Holy Name!’, ‘May it Be’ and ‘Give Us Hope’. The diversity of vocal styles presented was impressive, featuring unaccompanied African traditional songs, popular show songs, gospel numbers, unaccompanied 17th Century madrigals, two-part spirituals and a 4-part calypso round.

The concert also featured two stunning individual piano performances by Manav Paul, who played ‘Joropo’ by Moises Moleiro, and Jade Brooks, who played an arrangement of two movements from Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker Suite’.

As ever, the warmth and quality of singing was uplifting, and at the end of the concert the Headteacher, Mrs Nemko, reflected the thoughts of many when she spoke of the wonder and power of all of the evening’s performances and of the level of excellence that was so clearly evident.

Sadly, this was Mr Werner’s last Choral Concert before he leaves the school to take up his new post in September as Head of Music at The Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth. The Headteacher, Mrs Nemko, paid a very warm tribute to the very special contribution that Mr Werner has made over the last twelve years, particularly in establishing and developing the school’s amazing choral tradition and for nurturing and encouraging a love of music and singing in so many Owens pupils.

Our thanks go to all the pupils who sang so brilliantly, to Ms Jenkins, Ms Makepeace-Lott and Mr Werner for their superb choral direction, to Mr Thompson for his wonderful accompanying skills and unfailing support, to the OSA for providing refreshments and to Ms Meik and Mrs Fosh for their help front of house and backstage.