Opera Choruses Joint Choirs Concert 2024

Congratulations to the choirs of the Upper School, Prep School, joining with parents, OCs and staff, along with pupil and professional orchestral members, who together performed a varied and hugely entertaining evening of opera and operetta choruses at our annual Joint Choirs event in the Chapel.

After a rousing overture (Wagner’s Die Meistersinger), highlights included Wagner’s Bridal Chorus (Lohengrin), Verdi’s Anvil Chorus (Il trovatore), Puccini’s Humming Chorus (Madama Butterfly), Bizet’s Toreador Song (Carmen), and Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor) both sumptuous and full of pagan colour.

Particular thanks to our pupil soloists (from Year 8 to Year 13) who firstly as part of a more light-hearted Gilbert and Sullivan sequence performed ‘Poor wand’ring one’ and ‘The Policeman’s Song’ from Pirates of Penzance, and later ‘Evening Prayer’ from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel – showing wonderful characterisation and vocal tone balanced against the choral and orchestral forces.

Bravi tutti!

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