GCSE Music - Ulster Orchestra Concert: ‘The Best of John Williams' Movie Scores’

On the evening of Saturday 21st October Grosvenor’s enthusiastic GCSE Music students 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 new GCSE specification, so it was deemed of particular importance to enhance pupils’ learning and experience the best film scores by John Williams. The Ulster Orchestra was augmented in all departments for the evening, particularly with the addition of a vast array of percussion, grand piano, celeste and harp. It was truly a musical treat to behold with characters from some of the films appearing amongst the audience in the auditorium.

The concert programme was designed, compered and conducted by Stephen Bell who has been described by the International Record Review as “one of the most gifted British conductors” of modern times.

John Williams is the most highly nominated film composer and winner of Oscar awards in the world. In 2010 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts to honour his achievements in symphonic music for films, and 'as a pre-eminent composer and conductor (whose) 100 scores have defined and inspired modern movie-going for decades.' His latest Star Wars sequel score will be released in November 2017.

The performance at the Waterfront included all-time favourites such as ‘Superman’, ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’, ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, ‘ET’, ‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’, ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. ‘The Witches of Eastwick’, ‘Jaws’, ‘Schlinder’s List’, ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark’, ‘Lincoln’ and ‘Jurassic Park’.

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

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.

 

A number of Grosvenor's GCSE Music students enjoy 'The Best of John Williams' Movie Scores' at the Waterfront Hall on the evening of Saturday 21st October.

GCSE Music - Ulster Orchestra Concert: ‘The Best of John Williams' Movie Scores’

On the evening of Saturday 21st October Grosvenor’s enthusiastic GCSE Music students 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 new GCSE specification, so it was deemed of particular importance to enhance pupils’ learning and experience the best film scores by John Williams. The Ulster Orchestra was augmented in all departments for the evening, particularly with the addition of a vast array of percussion, grand piano, celeste and harp. It was truly a musical treat to behold with characters from some of the films appearing amongst the audience in the auditorium.

The concert programme was designed, compered and conducted by Stephen Bell who has been described by the International Record Review as “one of the most gifted British conductors” of modern times.

John Williams is the most highly nominated film composer and winner of Oscar awards in the world. In 2010 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts to honour his achievements in symphonic music for films, and 'as a pre-eminent composer and conductor (whose) 100 scores have defined and inspired modern movie-going for decades.' His latest Star Wars sequel score will be released in November 2017.

The performance at the Waterfront included all-time favourites such as ‘Superman’, ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’, ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, ‘ET’, ‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’, ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. ‘The Witches of Eastwick’, ‘Jaws’, ‘Schlinder’s List’, ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark’, ‘Lincoln’ and ‘Jurassic Park’.

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

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.