The Cathedral resounded to the joyous sounds of music as over 200 pupils from Year 7 to 13 along with staff, parents and friends, celebrated their passion and talent for music making in an uplifting Gala Concert.
The wide range of musical styles and ensemble groupings on display was impressive and reflected the diverse range of music making at PGS. The school’s larger ensembles took the spotlight on the evening. The concert opened with assured, precise and musical playing from the Intermediate Orchestra with music by Rossini and from Mary Poppins. Senior Orchestra’s exciting performance of Henry Wood’s Fantasia on British Sea Songs showcased not only all the sections of the orchestra but also mature solo performances by some of the Year 13 musicians for whom this was their last major concert at PGS.
A PGS Brass performance is always highly anticipated and we were not disappointed with colourful performances of music by Sousa, Offenbach and from Sister Act (featuring the trombones dressed in cassocks!). The Concert Band continued the Sister Act theme as well as playing music from Game of Thrones and The Greatest Showman with assurance and style. Two of Handel’s glorious Coronation Anthems closed the evening with the thrilling choral sound of the combined forces of Chamber Choir and Community Choir. Interspersed amongst the performances of these larger groups were a number of impressive smaller chamber ensembles. The percussion ensemble’s energetic and and virtuosic performance of Whiplash and Caravan, arranged by the pupils themselves, left the audience breathless! There were sophisticated wind performances from both the flute quartet and Year 12 soloists in Cimarosa’s Concerto for Two Flutes; and Vivaldi’s sparkling Concerto for Two Trumpets gave the opportunity for two of our Year 13 brass players to shine, with stylish and musical accompaniment by PGS Strings.
A big thank you to all our musicians and in particular to our Year 13 leavers who have given so much pleasure and enjoyment to numerous audiences during their time here.