Choral Concert, 19 March 2017
20th March, 2017
This year’s Choral Concert featured Merchiston singers only, performing to a packed Memorial Hall on the final Sunday evening of the Lent Term.
The concert opened with three pieces from the Chapel Choir: CV Stanford’s Magnificat in G, which has not been heard at Merchiston for a number of years, and which gave the spotlight to talented treble soloist, Alexander R. Another work by Stanford, the expansive and dramatic anthem “For lo, I raise up” followed, challenging the choir, which responded with aplomb – this work also contained solos for Alexander R and Alasdair B, and showcased the fine organ playing of our organist, David Turner. This group of items concluded with some sensitive a cappella singing from the Chapel Choir in “Love call me home”.
Next came the Close Harmony Group, which was in very good voice, performing three numbers: “Baby Face”, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”, and “Me and my shadow”. The Upper Sixth Form Close Harmony Group followed. This group, consisting of six experienced and committed Upper Sixth Form singers, has been formed entirely on the initiative of the pupils themselves, and much of the rehearsing has also been organised by them. This is a “first” for Merchiston, and the high standard of this group’s performance of its three numbers (“The Mermaid”, “George Jones” and “Sloop John B”) was rewarded with enthusiastic applause from the audience.
After an interval, the 140-strong Choral Society performed seven hits by The Beach Boys, which both performers and audience clearly thoroughly enjoyed. Singers were in fine voice, soloists Alexander R, Alasdair B, Jason W and Fraser S acquitted themselves well, and the band, consisting of Hamish D, Edward S, Mikey B, Oliver M and Mr King, was excellent.
Congratulations go to Director of Music, Stephen Dennis, the boys, and all the members of staff who contributed to this excellent evening of choral music. Hours of practice had gone into ensuring that the audience heard and appreciated Merchiston music making at its very best.