Brentwoodian 2022

The start of Michaelmas term treated us to some memorable performances at regular lunchtime and evening Chamber Concerts from students across the School where they showcased their talents in solo settings. The musical highlight of the term was indisputably the Michaelmas Concert in November, which featured all of our ensembles and choirs. Repertoire included the Symphony Orchestra performing Borodin’s mighty Symphony No 2 and a truly poised Chamber Choir offering of Elgar’s They are at Rest, which had been performed at a live-streamed Service of Remembrance earlier the same week. In addition, the Big Band, coupled with delightful performances from our junior ensembles and choirs were greatly appreciated by a sold-out audience. This was followed less than a week later with a trip to Steinway Hall in London, where ten of our foremost pianists performed in a concert in this iconic venue, following a day of masterclasses with Steinway Artist, Charles Owen. The remainder of the term focussed on preparations for Menken’s mighty musical score, Sister Act, in which the singing and accompaniment of an allstudent band were noted by many as being of West-End quality. The Michaelmas term came to a musical conclusion with our Carol Service in Brentwood Cathedral, in which our numerous choirs combined under the direction of Mr Revels to provide the perfect musical setting to the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols. The Lent term allowed for a rich vein of new musical opportunity, initiatives and music-making. In January we were thrilled to launch our new partnership with the 57