Hampton’s musicians and choristers began the festive season with two wonderful Christmas Concerts.
Christmas Concert One had an eclectic mix of performances from our choirs and ensembles, ranging from the Concert Orchestra, who performed the fast-paced theme from The Avengers, to the Brass Band, who gave a rousing medley of songs from the James Bond films. The Hampton Sinfonia were full of festive cheer as they played Brazilian Sleigh Bells.
A highlight of the evening was the appearance of our two First Year choirs who had their first experience of performing on the Hammond Theatre stage. The young Hamptonians entertained an appreciative audience with two festive songs, The Manchester Carols and It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, which helped ensure that everyone was full of Christmas spirit.
Christmas Concert Two began with the Voices of Lions‘ uplifting performance of two Beatles classics Yesterday and Here Comes the Sun, followed by the Swing Band with their toe-tapping version of It Don’t Mean a Thing and the Chamber Choir with a beautiful rendition of the Sussex Carol.
Both concerts featured a wonderful performance by Sixth Form French Horn player Henry Ward, who played the first movement from Gliere’s Horn Concerto, Op. 91, ably supported by the 40-strong Symphony Orchestra. There was a fantastic end to the musical celebration, as the Symphony Orchestra performed the final movement from Symphony No. 9, From the New World composed by Antonín Dvořák.