Students from St Catherine's and Cranbrook play in a combined orchestra
29 March 2019

United in song

There are few things in life as truly inspiring as making music with others, and our combined Easter concert on Tuesday evening was nothing less than inspirational. The combined orchestras and choirs of St Catherine's and Cranbrook performed four works of exceptional beauty. These four pieces were written not for students, but for musicians of the highest calibre, and it is a testament to the students and staff of the two schools that these works could be performed after only one day of combined rehearsals.

The evening started with highlights from Bizet's L'Arlesienne Suites 1 & 2, featuring Cranbrook saxophonist Maxwell Epstein. This was followed by the Cranbrook choir singing And Can it Be by Dan Forrest and then the combined strings performing Sentimental Saraband by Benjamin Britten​. The second half of the evening featured Faure's deeply moving Requiem Mass. This substantial work for choir and orchestra was performed with maturity beyond the years of the performers. 

I would like to thank the students and staff of both schools for their hard work and outstanding performances. We look forward to working with Cranbrook again in preparation for our combined 2020 Music Tour.

More photos in our Facebook post. ​

Mr David Gresham
Director of Music