The Lent Concert, one of the musical highlights of the Lent Term, took place in Great School on Friday 18 March. Several members of some of the ensembles reflect on their involvement in the concert.
Hannah C, Fifth Form
'The Lent Concert marked a spectacular return to the pleasing acoustic of Great School. After us having resorted to the Chapel for reasons of social distancing, the only memories I had of music in Great School were from the Advent and House Music Concerts, back in 2019 and 2020 respectively (when I was in the Third Form!). It was a wonderful experience, both in reignition of the flame of a mesmerisingly filled Great School, and in allowing many musicians an opportunity to perform in a place that was, before Covid, so synonymous with Lancing concerts.
I was part of the Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, and A Cappella Club. But, for me, the most valuable aspect of the evening was being able to witness the performance of other ensembles, of which I am not a part. As always, my favourite was certainly the Big Band. Complete with Dave Whitson’s thoughtful comments on each piece, their programme was one of great joy.'
Benjamin I-C, Lower Sixth
'For the first time since Advent 2019, the major ensembles gathered for a spectacular concert within the panelled walls of Great School. Beginning with Schubert and ending with Gloria Estefan, there was much in between to please everyone, and it demanded an exciting range of different techniques from the players. In a shake-up to the previously regular order, the Symphony Orchestra opened the concert with items culminating in the majestic Great Gate of Kiev by Mussorgsky, whilst the Big Band closed the concert with energetic and tight offerings of Hawaii Five-O and Cole Porter’s classic Begin the Beguine.'
Amelie L, Fifth Form
'During this term, the musicians at Lancing College have been busy preparing for the annual Lent Concert. Many pupils like myself have attended weekly rehearsals in the Bedford Studios to prepare for this. I play first violin in the Lancing Symphony Orchestra and String Chamber Orchestra. In the Lent Concert, the Symphony Orchestra performed pieces from Schubert’s March Militaire, Holst’s Hampshire Suite and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an exhibition. In the String Chamber Orchestra, we accompanied the Choral Scholars with Purcell's Rejoice in the Lord Alway and played a newly composed piece written by our music teacher Mr Langworthy, A beauteous wonder. We then performed a remarkable piece, Vivaldi’s Summer (Allegro non molto) from The Four Seasons.
Playing my violin in the Lent concert has undoubtedly been the highlight of the term for me. Watching and taking part in the concert has given us all a reminder of how delightful it is to have live music back in the Great School after the pandemic.'
Claudia W, Upper Sixth
'The Lent Concert had been a long-awaited event for many and undoubtedly a splendid way to end the term. As a flautist, I had the honour to perform with the Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band where we performed an evocative program of Schubert, Holst and Mussorgsky, and Adam Gorb’s Suite for Winds. The performance of Vivaldi’s Summer by the String Chamber Orchestra was one that I particularly enjoyed, with Grace S as the solo violinist and the other musicians working really well together and delivering an exquisite performance. Singing one of my favourite Disney songs, How Far I’ll Go, with the A Cappella Club had been a delightful and exciting experience personally.
The acoustics of Great School enhanced the listening experience for those in attendance, allowing the audience to embrace a variety of musical genres throughout the night, from classical to jazz.'
Theo A Fifth Form:
'It was wonderful to be able to perform in the Lent Concert in Great School again after nearly two whole years. It was a nice change to start the concert with Symphony Orchestra and end with Big Band. I was involved with Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band and the Choral Scholars. I was lucky enough to be asked to conduct the Concert Band in the middle movement of Adam Gorb’s Bridgewater Breeze, Merry-go-round. The Choral Scholars sang Rejoice in the Lord Alway by Henry Purcell accompanied by the String Chamber Orchestra. My favourite piece was Holst’s Hampshire Suite and my favourite performance was A Cappella Club’s rendition of How Far I’ll Go from Disney's film Moana.