Gala Concert Raises the Roof of the New Baily Building
doors of Hazelwood’s magnificent new Baily Building were thrown open at the
start of the new academic year in September.
After a year of construction upheaval, this most amazing of teaching
environments oozes style, space and light.
And a 450 seater auditorium, The Bawtree Hall, named after the school’s
longest serving Head. It was fitting
therefore that on a crisp night in December, the school officially opened the
Baily Building with a Gala Concert, performed in The Bawtree Hall, featuring
over 200 of the school’s most talented musicians performing alongside friends,
family and the acapella singing sensation Voces8.
There was some fine ensemble playing by the
school orchestra, the wind and string bands as well as some virtuoso solo and
duet performances. Equally powerful was
the singing of the choir whose challenging programme drew its musical
inspiration from Africa, Eastern Europe and nineteenth century France. The concert was a fitting showcase for the
school’s rich musical tradition and was hugely appreciated by the packed
audience who raised the lofty roof with their tumultuous applause.
The school were delighted that Mr and Mrs
Bawtree, and descendants of the school’s founders, Mr and Mrs Baily, were able
to join its other VIP guests for the very special occasion. It was a night to remember with absolute
enjoyment written across the face of every performer. A young trombonist, in particular, catching
the eye of the audience with his instrument raised skywards, totally lost in
the musical moment!
Members of the school's talented Year 7 performed comedy sketches to punctuate the programme with laughter. The very best of the artistic masterpieces, created on a London theme, were on display around the entrance area of the Baily Building.
school’s Chapel Choir travels to Verona at Easter hoping to repeat their
success two years ago when they were awarded a gold medal in the International
Music Festival held in Prague.
All eyes on the conductor
Posted: 09/01/2017 at 13:17