Hampton’s musicians and choristers heralded the festive season with two joyful Christmas Concerts, a wonderful end to a vibrant term of events from our Music department.
Christmas Concert One included an eclectic mix of performances from our choirs and ensembles, ranging from ROAR! (our Lower School choir) giving an exuberant rendition of Naughty from the musical Matilda, to the Hampton Sinfonia who performed the fast-paced Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Brahms. The Swing Band was full of festive cheer as they played A Jazzy Merry Christmas, a medley of Christmas favourites. 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 audience of family, friends and staff with the festive song Ring, Christmas Bells, along with Be our Guest from Disney favourite Beauty and the Beast.
Christmas Concert Two began with the Brass Band, who gave a rousing rendition of Rimmer’s Punchinello March. Voices of Lions‘ energetic performance of A Holly Jolly Christmas ensured everyone was full of Christmas spirit, and the Chamber Choir ended the first half with a playful rendition of Rudolph with Frosty the Snowman.
Both concerts featured a superb performance by Sixth Form Violinist Freddy Liang, who played Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saëns, ably supported by the 50-strong Symphony Orchestra. There was a fantastic end to the musical celebration, as the Symphony Orchestra performed the toe-tapping Cuban-inspired Danzon No. 2 composed by Arturo Márquez.
Director of Music, Mr Daniel Roland, praised all involved:
Wow! these concerts just keep getting better and better. I am so proud of all the Hampton musicians . Your talent, enthusiasm and energy are infectious, and all performances across both nights were standout! Well done – you should be very proud of yourselves!
Take a look at the video below to get a flavour of this year’s Christmas Concerts:
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