GCSE Music - Ulster Orchestra Concert: ‘I Love the Movies!’

On the evening of Saturday 27st October Grosvenor’s enthusiastic GCSE Music students, along with keen musicians from Years 13 and 14, embarked on a worthwhile and enjoyable visit to the Waterfront Hall as part of the Ulster Orchestra’s ongoing ‘Education Initiative’ for schools throughout Northern Ireland

‘Film Music’ now features in the GCSE specification, so it was deemed of particular importance to enhance pupils’ learning and experience the best film scores. This highly popular, film-themed concert is now a firm fixture in the Ulster Orchestra’s Pops Series and, scheduled before Halloween, brought all-time favourite blockbuster soundtracks to life, including iconic films such as ‘Psycho’, ‘Gremlins’ and an audience participation encore of ‘Ghostbuster’s’. The Ulster Orchestra was augmented in all departments for the evening, particularly with the addition of a vast array of percussion, grand piano, and harp. It was truly a musical treat to behold, with characters from some of the films appearing amongst the audience in the auditorium and to see members of the Ulster Orchestra in fancy dress.

The concert programme was designed, compered and conducted by Peter Harrison, who studied at the Royal College of Music before establishing his film music career in London’s West End. Today he is deemed as “one of the most gifted British conductors”, specialising in film scores, and is a popular guest conductor with professional orchestras internationally.

Harrison paid tribute to John Williams on the night, who is the most highly nominated film composer and winner of Oscar awards in the world. The concert included the film scores of ‘Jurassic Park Main Theme’, ‘The Lost World Main Theme’, ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Harry’s Wondrous World’, ‘Jaws, The Shark Theme’, ‘Tintin: The Adventure continues: The Duel’, ‘The Witches of Eastwick: The Devil’s Dance’ and a rousing finale of ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark: Raider’s March’.

Members of the Ulster Orchestra commented after the concert that it was great to feel the ‘buzz’ in the Waterfront Hall - with such a youthful audience, and to receive not just an encore but a standing ovation.

Many thanks to Grosvenor’s Head of Music Miss Rosemary Foster who was responsible for organisating the School’s attendance at this event; everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening and were inspired by the professionalism of all performers on stage.

A number of Grosvenor's GCSE and A Level music students who attended the acclaimed 'I Love the Movies!' concert, held at the Waterfront Hall on the evening of Saturday 27th October.