Over sixty fantastically talented young musicians performed to a packed audience last night at a Spring Benefit Concert to raise money for the Dan Eley Foundation, a local charity which offers support to young people in difficult or deprived circumstances.
The music department at Godalming College is well known for its professional performances and the concert at the United Church, did not disappoint. A full programme of excellent music to suit all taste from classical, jazz, modern plus music from films and musicals delighted the audience who felt truly moved by the atmosphere in the auditorium.
The Godalming College Concert Orchestra opened and closed the event with medleys of music from All shook Up, through ABBA and Les Miserables to a Blues Brothers Revue. The Big Band were a tremendous hit with foot tapping Jungle Boogie, Burritos to Go and Fever plus The Bearcat and the Bimbo written by upper sixth student Dee Ferry-Swainson. In contrast were the beautiful sounds of the Chamber Choir performed A Gaelic Blessing by Rutter, Borgoroditse Devo by Rachmaninov and The Call of Wisdom by Todd.
Ensembles such as the Euphonium Duet with Felix Rockhill and Danny Baumberg with Softly as I Leave You, Bassoon and Violin Duet with Zoe Owlett and Keri McIntyre with Petit Romance were fantastic. Also the Jazz ensemble, the Session Band and the Wind Quintet who delighted the audience with a diverse range of music plus the Trombone Quartet who provided some light entertainment with Theme from The Muppet Show.
Individual Performers were extraordinary; Will Rowling with Marimba Spiritual by Minoru Miki, the operatic voice of Gabriella Catilli singing O Del Mio Dolce Ardor by Gluck and Jonny North with a Piano Solo, Doctor Gradus Ad Parnasum by Debussy. An amazing performance of Sonata No 6 in D minor by Handel played on the recorder by Dee Ferry-Swainson and in a tribute to Dan Eley and the work that he does, Lean on Me by Great Big World given in a stunning performance by Millie Windsor-Lewis who sang and accompanied herself on the Harp.
Dan Eley, who had recently returned from Colombia where he had been celebrating the 500th student educated by the Foundation, was present to enjoy this annual event and say a few words about continuing to support of music in our local community and congratulate the musicians on their talent and commitment. The event raised £1,700 for the Foundation which continues to work tirelessly in Waverley to support young people in need.
The next Godalming College concert will be Godalming College at the Bandstand in Philips Memorial Park on Sunday 12th May, 3-5pm and will again raise money for disadvantaged young people.