Ipswich School musicians ‘Feel the Spirit’ at Snape

From a fanfare by a massed brass ensemble to a choral performance with five pupil soloists of John Rutter’s Feel the Spirit, the Snape Maltings Concert Hall resounded to the sounds of Ipswich School choirs and orchestras on Thurs 30 April

Pupils from both the Prep and Senior Schools took part in the school’s annual Spring Concert, which showcased a number of ensembles including the Prep Orchestra playing Mars from Holst’s The Planets and In the Hall of the Mountain King; the Prep Chamber Choir; the Big Band with stunning vocalists and the Year 7 choir singing Rhythm of Life; and the Symphony Orchestra playing Finlandia by Sibelius. 

Student-led ensembles proved very popular with the audience, with the Show Choir singing Pentatonix’s Evolution of Music – a clever a cappella mix of tunes from the 11th Century to the present day – and the Barbershop Group, resplendent in matching jackets and straw boater hats, singing I Get Around by the Beach Boys.

During The Carnival of the Animals performed by the Symphony Orchestra and the Intermediate Orchestra, students dressed as elephants and lions danced through the audience, mirroring the songs and bringing a smile to faces.

Nicholas Weaver, Headmaster, said: “The whole evening was a great success and is testament to the hard work and hours of practice put in by both students and staff.  We had many kind words from members of the audience afterwards, and it was evident that the performers enjoyed it as much as the audience did.”

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