GCSE and A Level Music - Ulster Orchestra ‘Education Initiative’

On the evening of Friday 13th November Grosvenor’s enthusiastic GCSE and AS Music students embarked on another worthwhile and enjoyable visit to the Ulster Hall, part of the Ulster Orchestra’s ongoing ‘Education Initiative’.

The concert was presented by John Toal from BBC Radio Ulster while Christopher Bell passionately conducted “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” as the Ulster Orchestra, along with soloists Matthew Cammelle, (Baritone) and Annalene Beechey (Soprano), as well as the Belfast Philharmonic Choir delved into the songbooks of the most fabulous Musical Theatre pairing, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Rodgers and Hammerstein II were credited as being the most influential, innovative and successful American musical theatre writing team, creating a string of popular Broadway musicals in the 1940s and 1950s, initiating what is considered the ‘golden age’ of musical theatre. Their shows and film versions produced accolades including thirty-four Tony Awards, fifteen Academy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize and two Grammy Awards – unsurprisingly, their musical theatre writing partnership has been called “the greatest of the twentieth century.”

The performance included hit songs from ‘Oklahoma’, ‘State Fair’, ‘South Pacific’, ‘Carousel’, ‘The King and I’ with a fitting finale from ‘The Sound of Music’. Christopher Bell commented after the concert that it was great to feel the ‘buzz’ in the Ulster Hall, performing to a full house with such a youthful audience.

Grosvenor students, accompanied by Head of Music Miss Rosemary Foster and fellow Music teacher Mr Jonathan Arnold, thoroughly enjoyed the evening and were inspired by the professionalism of all performers on stage.