Singers Light Up Romsey Abbey

Barton Peveril’s sensational singers have wowed the audience at a concert held in Romsey Abbey earlier this month.

The concert took place on Tuesday 5th December with the Music Department putting on a powerful performance. Performers included: Barton Peveril Singers, Barton Peveril Chamber Orchestra, The Rose Singers, Hampshire County Youth Training Choir, Wyvern College Chamber Choir, and Swanmore College Chamber Choir. The concert showcased the incredible talent of the musicians from Barton Peveril’s Music Department and gave them a unique opportunity to perform in a stunning environment.

The concert commenced with a fanfare for Brass Sextet. This was specially composed for the occasion by Barton Peveril Music A Level student Josh Clark. Josh is a Second Year student at the College who is also currently studying at the Royal College of Music. The fanfare was performed by Barton Peveril students Reuben Kimber and Theo Abbt (trumpets), Tyler Saunders and Josh Clark (French horn), Lucy Carter (euphonium), and Sam Shipway (tuba).

The fanfare was followed by a performance of Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, “The Christmas Concerto” by the Barton Peveril String Ensemble.

Members of the audience commented on the precision and energy of the String Ensemble, led by Izzy Philpot (violin). 

The highlight of the evening was the performance of Karl Jenkins’ choral work, Stella Natalis. This 12-movement celebration of Wintertide and Christmas featured the combined forces of the Barton Peveril Choir and Chamber Choir, the Hampshire County Training Choir, Choirs from Swanmore College and Wyvern College, and The Rose Singers.

A triumph: a really strong demonstration of how partnership between educational institutions and the community can produce something extraordinary and memorable. The Barton Orchestra was so impressive, playing with delicacy, lightness and control.

One member of the audience described the occasion.

Bryan Postlethwaite, Director of Performing Arts at Barton Peveril, expressed his delight with the concert:

It was wonderful to experience the power of a collaborative music project where the end result was so much more than the sum of the parts. The orchestral playing was of a superb standard, the choral work and solo singing outstanding, and all was perfectly complemented by the setting and acoustics of Romsey Abbey.

The Barton Peveril Sixth Form College Music Department celebrated the success of this concert and looks forward to future collaborations and performances that showcase the exceptional talent of their students.

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