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Performing Arts Highlights

Throughout the school year, girls at Guildford High School can be found rehearsing musical pieces and learning lines in preparation for the next performance.

  • At the beginning of September, seventy GHS & RGS musicians gathered at Holy Trinity Church for the traditional post-tour concert. For last year’s Upper Sixth, it marked the final school concert before leaving for university this term and was a wonderful way to bow out. The joint orchestra and joint chamber choir performed works by Haydn, Stanford, Mendelssohn, Todd, Scarlatti Holst and Wood quite superbly. For the parents and wider school community, it was a marvellous opportunity to hear the repertoire that had been taken to Verona, Venice, Mantua and Lazise.
  • Also in September, the Lower Sixth musicians put on a tea-time concert of their GCSE Music compositions; each piece required a small ensemble of between two and six players and it was wonderful to hear their compositions being played live.
  • The Michaelmas Term Music Scholars’ Concert at Holy Trinity Church brought together the very talented players from Year 11 and the Lower Sixth. Each performed a piece requiring complete mastery and control of their first study instrument. 
  • The Senior Chamber Choir and the Upper Sixth Music Scholars put on a superb evening concert in October. In the first half the choir performed a variety of sacred pieces and after the interval the mood changed with stylish, witty a cappella arrangements of more modern pieces. The programme was interspersed with solo instrumental pieces played by the five Upper Sixth Music Scholars, allowing the girls to demonstrate their virtuosity, great technical control and superb musicianship. A collection at the end of the concert raised £328 for MIND.  
  • An evening of two Informal Concerts was held in November in The 2016 Hall, involving over 50 musicians. Pupils from Year 7 to the Upper Sixth performed a delightful selection of solos and small ensembles, and the eclectic mix of repertoire - from Bach to Michael Jackson (the latter, a cello duet!) - kept the audiences thoroughly entertained.
  • The annual Michaelmas Concert is one of the musical highlights of the first term, but this year’s concert was especially memorable, resulting from a wonderful fusion of exciting repertoire and thrilling playing from the six large orchestras and bands. The Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Band, Mathias Band and Big Band provided a memorable evening of high quality music-making and it was especially pleasing to see how many new Year 7 and new Lower Sixth pupils were involved. 
  • In November the Joint GHS & RGS Chamber Choir made their first visit to St Paul’s Cathedral to sing Choral Evensong. The forty-strong voices sang confidently and extremely beautifully in front of a congregation of approximately 450 including tourists, regular worshippers and alumni of both schools. The pupils were also given a guided tour of this vast, magnificent cathedral and a trip up to The Whispering Gallery. 
  • In November, the Lower School Chamber Choir were invited to sing in the world premiere of Wassail! Carols of Comfort and Joy at Southwark Cathedral.  Composed and conducted by popular composer Alexander L’Estrange, GHS pupils and staff joined pupils from other United Learning schools and academies to rehearse and perform this wonderful new medley of Christmas carols.  The girls had a fabulous day at the cathedral and thoroughly enjoyed working with pupils from other schools. They loved singing the different carols and it was such an inspiring experience to work alongside the acclaimed vocal ensemble Apollo5 and The Call Me Al Quintet.
  • The Senior Chamber Choir was invited to join forces with the professional orchestra, Southern Pro Musica, Guildford Choral Society and professional soloists for an exhilararting performance of Britten’s St Nicolas at a packed Guildford Cathedral in December. The GHS choir also performed Faure’s Messe Basse with Southern Pro Musica.    

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