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Orchestral Afternoon

Barnaby W, Leader of Orchestra, writes: On Saturday 5 March over 150 musicians gathered for an afternoon of amazing music. There were flutes, clarinets, an oboe, a soprano sax, alto saxes, two tubas, cornets, trumpets, 2 trombones, cellos, violins, violas, two harps and a double bass!

We started off being split into three groups: strings, wind/brass and percussion. The percussion section was fantastic, performing their own piece played entirely on buckets, and composed by Mr White on the day. ‘Peter Gunn’ was performed by the Wind Band, led by Mr Shortman with some brave people doing improvisations on the spot. The String Ensemble led by Mrs Crane whizzed through a speedy piece called 'Captain Jack’s Hornpipe'.

The whole orchestra did some amazing pieces. The first one was from the opera, ‘Carmen’. It was amazing how so many musicians could make such a small sound. It was also a very beautiful piece. The second piece was a very special piece because

Charlotte S (Year 6) arranged it from a Grade 3 piano piece. It was called 'Moody Prawn Blues’, and it was very jazzy with lots of syncopation. The last piece, I think, was the best because it was ‘The Force Awakens'. The tune for me was truly breathtaking because of the dynamic changes. When it was fast, it was quite loud, but when it was slow, it became very quiet. The best bit about playing the Star Wars piece was the bit when a trumpet played solo to signify a lone Jedi.

It was a brilliant afternoon of amazing music. I hope I get invited back next year because I think it's going to be just as good, if not better!

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