Day Seven: 4th July
The inaugural St Edmund’s Festival finished in glorious style; the final concert was marked by the American Serenade. The Symphony Orchestra played four items; Hoe Down by Copland, a selection of film classics by John Williams and Music from Apollo 13 by James Horner. The final item in the first half encompassed the Symphony Orchestra, Chapel Choir and a parental/staff choir in a performance of Hymn to the Fallen, also by John Williams. Maggie Baxter and Alasdair Habuki Bedford played the Theme from Schindler’s List as a duet, accompanied by the Senior String Ensemble. There were also notable piano solos given by Timon Staehler and William Inscoe on the beautiful Fazioli Concert Grand.
John Harle, our performance consultant and patron of the festival stepped forward to play a stunning rendition of Deep Purple by Peter de Rose. Another highlight was John’s performance of Taxi Driver, accompanied by strings, bass, piano and drum kit. The Chapel Choir performed The Way You Look Tonight and Satin Doll.
In the second half, the Chamber Choir gave an enjoyable performance of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot and Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat. In time honoured fashion, the Big Band closed proceedings with a performance of four well-loved pieces highlighting vocal soloists Isabelle Matharu, Rebecca Roberts, Nic Yanni and Tom Platts.
To round off the evening, after the concert the audience was invited to the Festival Marquee for drinks and hot dogs while they waited for the sun to set. What followed was an astounding firework display – a fitting end to this very special week at St Edmund’s.