150th Anniversary Concert

Waterfront Hall, 14 October 2006
Our sesquicentennial concert was held in the Waterfront Hall in October, with 336 participants on the stage. It was a celebration of our school community in music, with an eclectic programme ranging from classical to rock. Featured soloists included 4 current pupils, Philip Kennedy and Ben Close (voice), Rory Ingham (trombone) and Daniel Watts (trumpet). We were also honoured to feature 4 Old Boys - Ben Dawson, Gareth Gardner, Luke Chambers and Sam Johnston. In almost every case the soloists were accompanied by our enormous band, containing pupils past and present, and supplemented by our instrumental tuition staff.
The evening had many highlights which many of us who were involved will remember forever. In remembering the concert, some people cite the performances by individual soloists, while others mention the sheer scale of the band and choir performing together. For many, though, the greatest excitement of the evening revolved around a cannon which was set off during the finale, Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture. It was very very very loud, and very wonderful too!
The programme for the evening was framed with 2 settings of the School Song - at the opening a specially written fanfare-based arrangement of the song featuring an original 1950 recording from when the song was composed. At the conclusion of the concert the audience joined in an unaccompanied, rather raucous, rendition to round off the evening. Though musically a little ungainly, this was a beautiful expression of our school community, and a fitting conclusion to the day when BGS conquered the Waterfront.