Christmas Concert 2018

20 Dec 2018

Wednesday evening last week saw the term reach its musical zenith with a fantastic concert given by the musicians of Epsom College in Malaysia. Following on from a busy weekend of commitments for the Choir, who performed at two malls in KL over the weekend and for the Prep School Mingle, a total of over 80 pupils were brought together to give an hour’s entertainment to help get pupils and staff that festive feeling before the annual christmas dinner.

The Rock Band, with Jordy as soloist and featuring Hiro and Daniel on the saxophone, opened the concert with a rousing performance of Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street. The audience were soon clapping along, and entertainment levels were kept on a high with the excellent stage presence of the hosts for the evening, Jia Yuan, Andy and Naqib, who kept the audience’s interests whilst the Carr Wilson Orchestra got ready for their successful set of Jamaican and American tunes. The classy Jazz Band were on the stage next, with improvised solos from Hiro, Daniel and Mikael, transforming the mood to sultry suavity, before the GCSE musicians lightened things with Let It Go from Frozen, arranged by Mr Crann.

Wee Tze and Enjee shared a moment in the spotlight with Liszt’s 2nd Hungarian Rhapsody, which was executed with professional aplomb, particularly in the control of tempo which got evermore exciting with its speed. The choir then showed off three of their most polished pieces of repertoire with We Wish You A Merry Christmas and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer performed a capella with dazzlingly honed harmonies. Andy accompanied the choir in their opening song, Jingle Bells, which got the audience in the Christmas mood.

Fully into the Christmas spirit, Jordy came on stage as soloist again with Aisha, Hannah and Jiwoo as backing singers to perform It’s Not Christmas Without You with an incredibly tight orchestral accompaniment, before the Studio Orchestra went more traditional with The Little Drummer Boy, featuring Izaaq on the snare, and Cantique de Noel.

The show was rounded off with almost 60 pupils on stage at once as the Choir and Studio Orchestra joined forces to accompany Aisha in a performance of Sleigh Ride, with the audience getting involved as well to raise the roof. Seeing the orchestra getting so involved in the music and witnessing the choir jiving on the balcony on stage was heartwarming, and it is hoped that the audience enjoyed the concert as much as the performers!

Congratulations to all involved in a successful term of music making; it takes hard work, dedication and commitment to put on a concert of such quality and the pupils involved are all heartily thanked by Mr Mann and Mr Crann for their efforts. We look forward to more antics after the Christmas break!

John Mann
Director of Music