A Musical Extravaganza

On Friday 12 March having been back at College for only five days, the Wellington College Music department live streamed the Spring Concert from the GWA.

This was the first of three events scheduled for the end of the Lent Term. The concert comprised a varied mix of live solo items and virtual ensemble videos featuring, strings, keyboard and voice with two wonderful recordings from the chapel organ! There were four string ensembles: the 3rd & 4th form, 5th & 6th form, the viola quartet (ably produced and mixed by one of our L6th students) and a live performance by the string quartet performing one of our GCSE students coursework arrangements. The evening concluded with a live performance from the Wellingtones singing ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’! A great way to return to college and a welcome return to hearing and seeing live performances which we have all missed so much.

The next musical event was on Friday 19 March where students performed in the annual ‘Crowthorne Minibus Jazz Concert’.

For over a decade the college has been raising money for the local Minibus Charity with a concert at the end of the lent term. After a forced cancellation last year students and staff were determined to put on a good show.

Over 100 students worked incredibly hard sending in over 250 videos to create a concert of blended live and virtual performances including highlights from the opera Carmen performed by our upper sixth musicians, the 3rd form street band and the Lower sixth Jazz Orchestra with students from across the school contributing to virtual performances by the Concert Band, Jazz Orchestra and Singer Songwriters.

View a full gallery of images HERE.

The final event in our Lent Term musical extravaganza was the Montgomery Recital Competition Final. The Montgomery Recital Competition Final is the first in our series of Montgomery Competitions this year, and is the most prestigious music competition of the year. The Montgomery prize was founded in 1964 by Brigadier A. H, Montgomery (Anglesey 1916-21) to mark his gratitude to the Music School on the departure from the College of his son, James (Picton 1959-63).

A huge thank you to everyone who submitted an entry for the Montgomery Heats. The department thoroughly enjoyed hearing everyone’s performances and were blown away by number the entries submitted. No doubt our largest number of entrants to date!

All our finalists gave a polished performance that went from engaging to exhilarating. It was a truly memorable evening and a wonderful way to end the Lent Term. Congratulations to everyone involved.

View a full gallery of images HERE.

Music is at the heart of Wellington College and with over 600 instrumental lessons a week, a bespoke music scholarship programme and 90 music award holders, every pupil is given the opportunity to discover the musician within.

Find out more about our outstanding music programme at HERE.

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