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28 November 2018

Walthamstow Hall musicians and singers have been delighting audiences at a string of recent performances. 

Dvořák, Holst and some Austrian yodelling were on the diverse programme in the St Cecilia's Day Concert at the Senior School on Friday.

Eleven different choirs and musical ensembles, ranging from the full Symphony Orchestra (who performed the slow movement of Dvořák's New World Symphony) to the Clarinet Quartet, Vivaldi Strings and a Barbershop quartet, all performed to a packed Main Hall. Students from every year group took part. 

The sheer range of pieces, styles and performances prompted Chair of Governors Jayne Adams to exclaim "there is no end to the surprises up the sleeves of the Music Department staff!".

Among the highlights were the Senior Chamber Choir's performance of traditional Haitian song Wangol, and Eve's beautiful rendition of Fauré's Pie Jesu, accompanied by the Advanced Ensemble.

Faure's Requiem was performed in its entirety by the Senior School Choir and church members at The Drive Methodist Church on Remembrance Sunday (pictured).

Director of Music Mr Castell conducted this charity concert; the famous soprano and baritone solos were performed by Wally student Antonina and teacher Mr Clements respectively. 

The event raised a total of £1,000.00 for The Royal British Legion.

Finally, the musical talent of Sasha in Year 13 has been acknowledged once again by the prestigious National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Last year Sasha was awarded a place as Oboist in the NYO, and this year after her re-audition, she retained it.

The vision of the NYO is to be the most inspirational orchestra for young people in the UK and it is wonderful that Sasha is representing Walthamstow Hall through her contribution. Congratulations once again, Sasha.