SUSO and SUC finished off the semester with our annual Spring Concert, this year on Friday 29th March in the Assembly Hall. This was a fantastic night for all, audience and performers, where both societies showcased their work from this semester’s rehearsals.
The chorus opened the concert with a performance of “One Day More” from Les Misérables, followed by Mozart’s Eucharistic chant “Ave Verum Corpus”. Lauren Hay then performed a stunning solo rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer”, in her last performance before graduating this summer. Lauren has been the president of the Chorus for the past two years and has been great to cooperate with. The Chorus then sang “The Greatest Show” from the popular film The Greatest Showman.
Next up: The Orchestra. But where were they? Definitely not in the Hall.
After the Orchestra had been fetched from back stage and everyone had gotten to their seats, we were ready to start. First an overture which so many orchestral concerts begin with. Going on a slightly Scottish theme, we had chosen the famous and beautiful “Hebrides Overture” – an atmospheric and tempestuous piece of music written by Mendelssohn after a trip to Fingal’s Cave on the island of Staffa. The first half finished with a lively arrangement of some Shetland tunes by Richard Michael, with added swing and groove.
The Chorus opened the second half with a medley of songs from Les Misérables. This musical, set in the revolutionary nineteenth century France, is one of the most famous and popular musicals of all time. Meanwhile, the newly formed Cello (and bass) Ensemble was having a last-minute rehearsal back stage. This section always has great rapport during rehearsals and this evening was no different. It was wonderful seeing them coming together and their extra performance was a superb addition to the programme.
The Orchestra finished off the concert by taking a dip into nineteenth century Vienna with the famous “Künstlerleben” waltzes by Johann Strauss II. Our conductor invited people to get up and dance, unfortunately there were no takers. Finally, we had chosen to play another piece by Strauss, “Perpetuum Mobile”. This piece moves at a relentless pace also giving each section of the orchestra a chance to show off their virtuosity. True to its name, “Perpetuum Mobile” appropriately never finishes, our ending was initiated by the conductor walking away (but returning to the huge applause).
This was a brilliant end to a busy semester of rehearsing, practicing and playing pool (in addition to classes, courseworks and tests). Then we rounded off the night by going for drinks and a chat in the Union for our last social of the semester. For now, the pressures of exams have put a break on things until September (and delayed this post).
Join us when rehearsals begin again in September – we are welcome to players of all abilities and we don’t hold auditions!
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