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Christmas Concert a glittering occasion

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The Christmas Concert at Michaelhouse in Cambridge was a glittering occasion full of virtuoso solo performances, brilliant ensembles, moving choral works, amusing dramatic interludes and a rousing community carol.

The first half of the programme featured a wide range of genres. The Pit Band started the evening with Live and Let Die and ended the first half with Take me to the River. In between there were performances of Little Talks, How to Save a Life and Drown by the Year 1 Ensemble Group. Year 2 soloists were Siobhan Hughes, clarinet, Romanza by Poulenc; Solomon Odeleye, guitar, the theme to Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, arranged by Sungha Jung; Josh Aitken, This Charming Man, by Morrissey and Marr; Tom Hall, guitar, No-one Knows, by Queens of the Stone Age and finally Jonnie Turpin, guitar, Say Something by Gareth Evans.

The second half introduced a festive theme with a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria in Excelsis Deo by the College Choir. Two further choral performances were Somewhere Only We Know and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. Instrumental soloists were Theo Tinkler, cello, performing the Catalan traditional work Song of the Birds, arranged by Pablo Casals, and Ben Doughty, trumpet, playing the first movement of Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto. College Drama students acted out their devised piece Obviously Christmas and their mime The Box. The Bible Reading was John 1:1-14, read by Emily Newman, then the evening ended with the ever-popular community carol, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

Lizi Rowlands, Music Course Team Leader, thanked everyone for attending, and expressed her gratitude to college staff, including site staff, music technical support, instrumental teachers and accompanists. Above all, she congratulated our students on their performances, the product of much hard work and dedication.

To see more photos, go to: Long Road Facebook: Christmas Concert

Photograph above by A level Photography student Matt Richer

Facebook photos also by Matt and by A level Photography student Daisy Wilson