On Thursday some of our budding musicians took part in the annual Prep School Orchestra Day at Uppingham. The day began with pupils being split into sectional rehearsal to work separately on their parts for the pieces. Following a lunch break, we then rehearsed in combined groups for the string orchestra and wind band pieces and finally the full orchestra.
The day concluded with a concert performance to which parents were invited. The concert kicked off with a rousing and accomplished performance from the Uppingham Jazz Orchestra followed by six pieces performed by the visiting pupils. The Full Orchestra, numbering around 300, performed two pieces: Also Sprach Zarathustra (R. Strauss) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (J. Williams, arr. P. Murtha), this was followed by two string orchestra performances: Fly Me to the Moon (B. Howard, arr. D. Burndrett) and excerpts from The Planets (Holst, arr. D. E. Wagner). The Wind Band gave renditions of Fanfare for the Third Planet (Richard L. Saucedo) and The Forge of Vulcan (Michael Sweeney). I trust you have noticed the theme of the programme! The pieces, it has to be said, were challenging in places with some tricky rhythmic patterns and time changes to negotiate, particularly in the wind band arrangements and the Star Wars but it was an enjoyable day of music making and good time was had by all.