Memorial Hall Showcase Concert

At the end of a long Summer Term, in the glorious summer heat, the youngest two years at the College gave a concert of an incredibly diverse and eclectic programme. Set in the newly refurbished Memorial Hall – this was a prime opportunity for a dry-run concert before the official opening in order to try and work out how all the new toys and gadgets work…

The range of pieces was astounding, from the opening Concert Band pieces to the intimacy and mastery of a loop pedal by Tom Phelps (B1 Sh), and even a well-known Disney favourite from The Lion King; expertly played on the steel pan by Phoebe Munn (DA Sh).

These performances gave way to plenty of other excellent talent in the younger years of the College; Joe Oliver’s (CO Sh) rendition of Havana by Cabello was fiery and had a sense of flair; Henry Bentley (TU Re) and Isla Scott’s (DA Sh) rendition of Bach/Gounod’s Ave Maria demonstrated a beautiful sensitivity and understanding; and Henry Dukes (BH Sh) singing Coldplay’s Everglow accompanied by Oliver Samuel (TU Sh) on the cajon with MJB and SJ playing the piano and shaker respectively brought the hall to an attentive silence.

It wasn’t just the individual performers that stood out this evening but also the number of students involved in the concert; the Shell Singers (all 47 of them) ‘en masse’ performed Toto’s Africa to rousing applause.

It was an absolute joy to witness all the students involved this evening, and it truly goes to show the Marlburian spirit – rising to the occasion even when faced with fatigue and end-of-term-itis.

Congratulations on a wonderful concert!

Adam Staines

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