The very first Accent Ensembles Showcase was held at Parr Hall on Saturday 29 July 2019, giving an opportunity for the various ensembles to join together and perform the repertoire they have been learning over the past year.
The Splinters Ensemble kicked off the proceedings in a more than unusual way- by asking the audience to choose their set using a repertoire list of up-beat popular classics.
The pieces were all arranged in a funked-up style by composer Lucy Pankhurst, and band leader Paul McGhee had evidently been working hard with the group to ensure each performance was tight, coherent and full of energy. Highlights included the pop classics ‘Toxic’ by Brittany Spears and ‘Shape of You’ by Ed Sheeran- both of which are viewable on their YouTube channel.
Next up was a first time ensemble The Rising Stars- Halton Rising Stars and Warrington Rising Stars came together to perform for the very first time. Both ensembles are designed for pupils who have just completed their first year of whole class teaching and are continuing to learn. Conductor, Andrea Price, led the group through some really engaging and dynamic pieces including The Pirates of the Carribean and The Hanging Tree, showing just how far pupils can progress in one year!
Finally, Accent Community Ensemble and the Halton Wind Band joined forces for a rousing performance which even had special guest The Mayor of Halton dancing! Conducted by Lyndzi Williams, Karl Stott and Paul McGhee, the band showed their astounding musicianship and dedication through a wonderful repertoire which showed the diversity of their skill.
The Disney Medley was particularly well received by the audience, as well as band favourites ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ and ‘The Incredibles’.
Janice Pounds, Music Education Commissioner said “We are thrilled with the standard of our Ensembles- the dedication and hard work shown week in, week out by both students and tutors is absolutely evident in the quality of performance shown here this evening. Nobody could doubt that. Every time there is an opportunity to perform, the Ensembles come along and play better than the last time. We simply can’t wait to see what they decide to learn next! Huge congratulations to all on a truly outstanding performance.”
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