Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

War and Peace stirs the emotions

War and Peace stirs the emotions

The War and Peace concert on Friday 16th January was performed to a capacity audience in the Miller Theatre. The programme featured the RGS Concert Band, Community Orchestra and Cappella. The Concert Band began the evening with a dynamic performance of ‘Mars’ (The Bringing of War) and went on to perform the Theme from Schindler’s List, Pearl Harbor and Lux Aurumque. The newly-formed Community Choir performed two vibrant songs from WW1: It’s a Long Way to Tipperary and Keep the Home Fires Burning showing the longing for home from soldiers during the Great War. The small 6th form chamber choir, Cappella, performed two delightful pieces, Canon for Peace and In Flanders Field, which really captured the varied emotions from War time. This concert also featured some brilliant sketches from The Wipers Times, performed by Thomas Dickson and Alistair Henfrey, who both showed great maturity and comedy in their acting. The audience was also treated some two evocative WW1 poems: Larkin’s MCMXIV read by Becky Shepherdson and As the Team’s Head Brass, read by Rosie Collier. The emotional journey during the concert was gripping throughout and the Concert Band ended the concert with a rousing rendition of the ‘Greatest War Themes’, which included old favourites, Colonel Bogie March, the Dambusters Theme and a Swing Band version of The White Cliffs of Dover.

War and Peace was a truly emotional experience which was all performed in front a backdrop of visual film footage and images. The capacity audience were indeed wowed by the extraordinary performances of all the performers and technical team throughout the evening.

To view more pictures from the War and Peace Concert click here.

Mr David Key