You know it’s coming; you don’t have an exact date, but as the nights draw in and the mercury plummets you know it’s coming, and you know it’s inevitable. Once it arrives, you’ll have no choice but to hunker down, take the pain, and get through it somehow. But that’s enough about the annual winter flu working its way through the school, let us instead talk about the one thing that could bring us out of our misery- the 2019 St David’s Christmas concert. Junior choir opened with a jazzy take on Hallelujah, I Love Her So before a ska infused Should I Stay or Should I Go, led by the enthusiastic and energetic Henry.
Harry kept the a steady rhythm whilst Josh lead vocals forCrazy Little Thing Called Love and Move It On Over.
After that Alex stepped up the mic with a rugged version of Morning Glory that certainly stood up to inspection. After the full-on vocal assault of the starting set the lilting tones of Lizzie and Olivia on 21 Guns came as a welcome rest, especially when followed by the haunting trumpet of Sydney on an instrumental Who Wants to Live Forever. The year 12 & 13 Band brought us Ain’t No Sunshine benefited greatly from the 3 voices of Molly, Fushia and Jade and gave us a hint of what was come individually from the trio later. Molly was the first of three to solo on stage and her touching and delicate rendition of A Case of You
silenced the hall in a way that only well sung Joni Mitchell can. But if the girls can do it the boys can do too, and so, armed only with a keyboard, Huw treated us to softer version of the latter-day Mancunian anthem Don’t Look Back in Anger.
The Rugby team took to the stage after the break to treat us to a surprising in tune sing-along to Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
After that is was Jade’s turn to solo and she managed to turn Somewhere Only We Know,
as song I’ve never been Keane on, into absorbing and rich performance. The Year 10 band ripped into Arabella next before Henry, who has always been all about the bass, treated us to instrumental solo ofThe Lesson . Next came Fushia with an enthralling solo take on To Be Alone that captured the entire audience in quiet reflection.
Soon it was the turn of the choir, first lulling us with T*** T*** then whacking ‘round the chops once more Josh led Oh Happy Day and Ain’t Necessarily So. Josh refused to leave the stage until we had heard all about his Mardy Bum, with Dr Ward tinkling on merrily behind him. The Divas hit us a Christmas classic and a rock opera classic in quick succession with InThe Bleak Midwinter and Pinball Wizard before the evening ended as so many of these evening do- with a bassoon duet. Hou wowed everyone with his mashup of Christmas classics in the bassoon style, bringing back memories of all the bassoon duets of their childhoods.
Photos and Word Credit: Science Department
Music Credit: Music Department and SDC Students