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A sparkling Christmas Concert at Michaelhouse

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montageThe annual Christmas Concert at Michaelhouse in St. Michael’s Church, Trinity Street, was a feast of music with a wide range of instruments and styles to please the audience.

The College Choir opened the concert with Arlen’s Somewhere over the Rainbow. Guitar, voice, piano and drum soloists provided a more modern touch with works by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Simon Troup, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Black Keys, Luke Aldride, Metallica, Kamelot, George Gershwin and Tommy Emmanuel. Classical works  included Chopin’s Nocturne in C sharp minor, Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor, 2nd movement, Saint-Saën’s My Heart At Thy Sweet Voice (cornet), Danz’s Allegretto (clarinet and piano), Giordani’s Caro Mia Ben (voice and piano) and Rachmaninov’s Cello Sonata in G minor, 3rd movement.

Performance Studies A level students gave a dramatized reading of Charles Causley’s At the Nine of Might I Opened my Door. The College Pitband performed the upbeat Cantaloupe Island by Herbie Hancock, whilst the College Choir closed the second half with an atmospheric In the Bleak Midwinter by Holst.

The audience joined in with Ding Dong Merrily on High at the end of the first half, and the evening concluded with a rousing performance of O Come All Ye Faithful.

Ruth Minton, Music Course Co-ordinator, says: “My congratulations go to the students who performed yesterday evening for their hard work and enthusiasm. I would also like to thank the staff at Michaelhouse Centre in St. Michael’s Church for their continued support, hospitality and warm welcome.”

You can see more photographs on the College Facebook page: Christmas Concert