Winter Concert starts festive season

The Winter Concert was held on Thursday 28th November, showcasing music by over 200 Headington girls in a wonderful variety of different instrumental groups and styles, all performed to a jam-packed sold out audience.

The performances ranged from Sophia’s incredible solo Rachmaninov piano performance, to the full Symphony Orchestra’s powerful rendition of a movement from Shostakovich’s dramatic ‘Symphony No 10’.

The concert began with an enchanting performance from the harp ensemble along with a hammered dulcimer. The 100-strong Sinfonietta orchestra, comprising the Lower School girls as well as some 40 Prep School girls, later delivered fantastic performances of three pieces. Big Band changed the atmosphere of the school hall temporarily into a slick, swing jazz lounge with two Glenn Miller pieces.

Headingtones, the Lower School choir, delivered a fun and energetic performance of ‘School Song’, from the musical ‘Matilda’, and the Chamber Choir engaged the audience with a couple of intricate and moving pieces, while Cecilie thrilled the audience with her Gospel-style leading in Soul Train.

Other highlights of the evening included the wide variety of string ensembles, including a fabulous cello quartet and a stunning double cello concerto, played by Sophie and Tiffany. Venus, one of Headington’s jazz bands, demonstrated their amazing performance skills with two classic songs, and Tutti Flutti brought about the Christmas atmosphere with ‘Jingle Bells’!

Acting Director of Music Mr Tom Anderson said: “The concert showcased the wide variety of music ensembles available to the girls at Headington and the truly incredible music talent amongst the girls. All of the performers delivered their music professionally and with great musicality – congratulations to all!”

The concert was live-streamed and viewed by many people around the country and abroad. It is also available to watch again on the Headington Live page.

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