Another Wonderful Christmas Concert

The Christmas Concert has come to mark the beginning of the festive season for many at BDA and so the pressure on the performers is always high, but last week, as ever, they did not disappoint.

With the Dennis Potter theatre brimming with seasonal spirit and cheer, a very talented range of musicians took to the stage to deliver a fantastically diverse repertoire.

A beautifully composed orchestral rendition of Troika saw proceedings underway. From a delightful version of Silver and Gold, by the choir, to the folk group’s exquisite take on The Caunaught’s Ramble, it was clear the evening would be one to remember.

Inspire Dance Company, the excellent samba drummers, the Steel Pans Group, the brass ensemble and a wholly original bassoon quartet completed a wonderful first half. Following a break of mulled wine and mince pies, the second period began with the jazz band doing justice to Mile Davis’s classic All Blues with a selection of fantastic solos.

More excellent steel pans, Year 11 Dance Company, Chamber Choir and the String Quintet’s magnificent All You Need is Love kept the standard extraordinarily high, before Rock School took over to deliver three tracks with remarkable professionalism.

The excellent staff choir then charmed the audience with The First Noel, ahead of the evening’s finale - a rousing rendition of Feed the World.

Mr Prout said it was the best Christmas concert that he has been involved with at BDA and few would argue. All musicians performed with a poise and control way beyond their years. Well done on what was a truly wonderful evening.