• Schola Cantorum
Music & Arts | Posted 27.03.2015

Music at Stonyhurst

Spring Concert

A large audience of parents, staff and friends enjoyed a wonderful Spring Concert on Friday March 20th. There were some exceptionally talented performers and impressive ensembles, demonstrating the high level of commitment and sheer enthusiasm of Stonyhurst’s musicians and their teachers, led by the Director of Music, Mr Greg Mann.

Several performers had won Cups in the recent Interline Music Competition and it was good to enjoy an encore from them:  Acer Tan played Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu; the Shireburn Brass Ensemble performed Medallion Calls, and Michael Diamond played a classical guitar solo by Merz.

Other soloists were: Maxi Stochus, who played Rachmaninoff’s Prelude Op 32 No 12; Ruth Foulds, performed  Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No 1, and Anthony Chow performed  Joplin’s Ragtime on our remarkably resilient Steinway!

There were some fine ensemble performances too. The Stonyhurst Lower Line Brass Ensemble played the Dambusters March by Coates and the full Brass Ensemble played two pieces: When she loved me from Toy Story and Cruella D’Evil. The Saxaphone Ensemble performed Joshua fought the battle of Jerico and the String Quartet played a Haydn Minuet.

This varied programme concluded with a splendid performance from The Dead Poets Society jazz band, playing the St Louis Blues.

Schola Cantorum

Schola Cantorum sang Evensong at Blackburn Cathedral on Monday March 23rd. The service opened with John Taverner’s tender setting of Blake’s poem, The Lamb. Schola then sang Herbert Murrill’s setting of the  Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis; the anthem was Greene’s Lord, let me know mine end (soloists: Genevieve Turner and Olivia Haworth).

Schola Cantorum’s next performance will be on May 4th – Bank Holiday Monday: their annual May Morning breakfast concert in the Top Ref at 8am. Please come and join them for a celebration of Spring!