Three hundred Truro School musicians between the ages of eight and eighteen performed in front of a packed auditorium at the Hall for Cornwall on Wednesday 10 February.
Titled The Seven Ages of Man, the concert was themed upon Shakespeare’s reflection on the different stages of life and featured a wide range of soloists, bands, choirs and orchestras from both the Senior and Prep School.
Truro School’s Director of Music, Martin Palmer, said:
“This annual event gives our young musicians the opportunity to perform in front of parents, families, friends, staff and governors. The Hall for Cornwall is such an iconic venue in Truro and the pupils feel very special performing there.”
The evening started with an attention-grabbing performance from the Symphony Orchestra who opened with Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony.
Also performing on the night was Sixth Former and Principal Oboist of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Eleanor Sullivan, who gave a wonderfully poignant and expressive performance of the Rubbra Oboe and Piano Sonata. Eleanor will continue her oboe studies in London’s Royal Academy of Music in September.
Other highlights included the school’s Samba Band – with their vibrant coloured shirts playing a traditional Brazilian Samba, and a high energy toe-tapping display from the Prep School with their own special song, written by two of the pupils, entitled This is our School.
Interspersed amongst the music, pupils read seven witty and interesting poems; each poem representing one of Shakespeare’s ages of man.
Mr Palmer said:
“Huge thanks must go to the pupils and staff at both schools who are involved in tonight’s concert, which is the culmination of several weeks of hard work. Many thanks also to the Hall for Cornwall staff for their imaginative and professional help.”
Musicians at Truro School now look ahead to their next big event on 28 February when they head to Sheffield to perform live on the BBC’s Choir of the Year competition.
A full image gallery from the Truro School concert is available to view here.