Music & Arts | Posted 01.06.2016

Great Academies Music

Schola Cantorum opened Great Academies with their concert in St Peter’s Church, on Friday May 27th, directed by Dr Morgan. A large audience of parents, staff and friends enjoyed a varied programme, beginning with unaccompanied Renaissance music and finishing with Haydn’s The Heavens are telling, The call of wisdom (Todd) and Beneditcus (Robat Arwyn). Two excellent Bach performances were also given, on the magnificent organ in St Peter’s: Elena Zukriegel played Bach’s Mortify us by thy goodness, and Riko Kono played the chorale prelude Liebster Jesu. Schola’s final concert of the year came to a joyous conclusion with Let the earth resound, by Sally Albrecht, with a trumpet solo played by Dominic Sutton.

Later in the afternoon, the Great Academies Concert took place, in the Academy Room. There were inspiring performances from the Stonyhurst College Orchestra (directed by Miss Lowen), the Senior Brass Ensemble (directed by Mr Banks), String Orchestra (directed by Mrs White), Jazz Band and the College Choir (both directed by the Director of Music, Mr Marshall), playing a wonderful range of music from Dukas to Glenn Miller. As is the custom, some of our Rhetoric leavers, coming to the end of their Stonyhurst days, gave their final performances:

Milly Bolton (voice): Slipping through my fingers

Alice Wright (piano): Prelude from Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque 

Freya Burdack and Zofia Witkowska (voices): On my own from Schonberg’s Les Miserables