Turner Sims Concert March 2016

On the 9th March the second of this term’s spring concerts was held at Turner Sims, Southampton University and showcased over 100 of the School’s senior musicians in a sparking and varied programme. The Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir and Big Band were on top form together with a number of chamber groups and soloists. This was also a concert with something new….an accordion player in the Chamber Orchestra’s performance of a Shostakovich Jazz Waltz, a delightful harp solo performed by Ellie Dunlop, a rousing performance by the newly formed Brass sextet and a team of 5th Years performing Elliott Cole’s Postlude 8 for bowed vibraphone in darkness. No KES concert would be complete without a glittering finale and this year the solo singers rounded the evening off in great style with a performance of Sway to the accompaniment of combined Big Band, Orchestra and dancers. The concert was brought to close with exploding streamer cannons and rapturous applause from the full house.

Photographs, programme and video clip below:

Comments from members of the audience:

‘I have never enjoyed such a musical extravaganza as much as I did last night’ member of staff

‘I cannot give enough praise to all those involved; both performers and supporting staff’ parent

‘Please thank everyone involved for the exceptional evening’s entertainment at Turner Sims. Truly magical.’ parent

‘Wow! A huge well done for last night, your musicians really did the school proud’ member of the public

‘You have so many talented students and they are all so mature in the way they behave that it is easy to forget that they are still school age’ member of public

‘An excellent concert last night with a variety of music and singing, from soloists to the whole orchestra, and with such enthusiasm from everyone. The applause at the ends said it all. My congratulations to you, your staff and all the participants. ‘Governor

‘Thank you for such a glorious evening on Wednesday: the talent, energy and enjoyment of all the students were palpable’ parent