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Canford Musicians excel at St John’s Smith Square

Canford Musicians excel at St John’s Smith Square

Canford musicians excelled in the showcase concert of the Canford music calendar, this year held in the prestigious London concert venue of St John’s Smith Square.  

The concert involved over 130 Canfordians and featured all the School’s major ensembles in a varied programme spanning both classical and contemporary music for an audience of over 200 parents, staff and friends from across the Canford Community. Conducted by Alistair Hardie and led by Sixth Former Lukas S, the orchestra opened the programme with a spellbinding performance of Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony Number 8. A rousing rendition of ‘Dem Bones’ by James Weldon Johnson, arr. Michael Story followed from the Concert Band, conducted by Katie Salmon with soloist Alexander G. The Wind Orchestra joined the Band for ‘Clouds that Sail in Heaven’ by Todd Salter, conducted by James Aiken before performing Vaughan Williams’ Folk Song Suite on their own.

These contrasted with a moving performance of ‘Mass in Blue’ by Will Todd given by the Combined Choirs and conducted by Director of Music Christopher Sparkhall. It was an extra special moment to welcome back Old Canfordian and London based soprano Grace Gammell as guest soloist and a fitting way to end a very memorable celebration of Canford music.

Christopher Sparkhall commented:

St John’s is a truly inspirational setting and it was wonderful to return here and be able to offer the experience of a major concert venue to our pupil and staff musicians.  The many hours in rehearsal were well rewarded with performances of the highest quality in a varied and challenging programme. To include OC Grace within the finale was a particular pleasure: she is an accomplished singer and it is a delight to see a former pupil who has carried on her music after Canford at such a high level.

Watch the concert recording on the Canford Music YouTube channel:

See more images from the concert on the Canford Media Centre (Canford login required)