An exciting and incredible evening took place at G Live in Guildford on Tuesday night when 200 musicians from Godalming College and the Waverley Federation schools, in Surrey got together to perform what was ‘A Night to Remember’
Whether your taste in music is from films and musicals, jazz classics or great songs from some of the world’s best-known singers – there was something for everyone.
Students from Broadwater, Glebelands, Rodborough and Woolmer Hill schools collaborated to form a choir performing songs from Musicals such as the Rhythm of Life, and music from Films such as Walt Disney’s Pocahontas. A Jazz Band with musicians from both Rodborough and Woolmer Hill formed the second part of the first half to perform jazz hits such as Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock and Blue Bossa by Joe Henderson and the Queen hit, Crazy Little Thing Called Love
The second half of the programme included music from Godalming College’s Concert Orchestra, a Harp Quartet, the String Ensemble, the Contempoary Choir, the Jazz Band and the award winning Chamber Choir, plus some duet and solo pieces including; Dream a Little Dream with Emily Brooks and Fergus Kittow, Moon River sung by Frank Cartwright, The Long and Winding Road by Shane Lunn and How Sweet It Is by Isara Segal.
Music by the Concert Orchestra included the theme from Pirates of the Caribbean, music from the Gladiator, the theme from the Incredibles and Brooklyn. While the Chamber Choir sang a beautiful arrangement of Seal Lullaby and the Requiem Movement 1 by Rutter.
Godalming College performers of note where Maddy Pickering, who is a 1st Violinist for the National Youth Orchestra played a fabulous theme from Schindler’s List. Ellie Davies was chosen to play on the BBC’s Songs of Praise with the International Harp Ensemble and later played at the British Embassy in Washington for Bill and Hilary Clinton and Barbara Streisand is one of four harpist at the college who played a Coldplay Medley. Daniel Garel who on this occasion played solo pieces as part of the Jazz Band on tenor and baritone saxophone is a composer for the National Youth Orchestra and also recently sung at the Yehudi Menuhin School with the BBC singers. Vicki Fenech who led the String Ensemble in Palladio by Karl Jenkins also plays in the English Schools Orchestra and recently performed at Cadogan Hall. Charlie Johnson has received a scholarship to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire next year and played many drum solos, whilst Holly Scott, who sang solos and played viola in the orchestra will be taking her place at Pro Corda on their Senior Chamber Music course. Jessica Camilleri and Emma Marks have both been offered places on the prestigious Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey, Jessica is a soloist in the Contemporary Choir and plays piano for the Jazz Band whilst Emma plays drums in the Concert Orchestra.
Ceilidh Botfield, Head of Music at Godalming College says, ‘It is a real honour to work with students who are so talented, professional and mature. I am very proud of what they achieved and thank them for their continued commitment, exceptional enthusiasm and endless energy.’
David Adelman, Principal at the College thanked all concerned with the concert, Directors Ceilidh Botfield and Mike Slocombe, Waverley Federation Director Louise Yeadon and all the students who have such great talent. The show ended with all musicians and performers taking to the stage for a finale of You Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray, which left everyone singing as they wended their way home after a truly incredible evening.