The Small Ensembles Concert on Wednesday 8 May was yet another excellent showcase of Tintern’s musical talents. The Clarinet Ensemble set the tone for the evening with two contrasting pieces – a stately “Pavane” to open the program and then a fun rendition of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. The contrasts continued with the Intermediate Flute Ensemble and the Saxophone Ensemble sharing some folk tunes and a spot of ragtime. A desert caravan came over the horizon with the Scrolls String Orchestra followed by a lovely morning serenade from the Senior Flute Ensemble. A vigorous rendition of “Cargo” performed by the Percussion Ensemble ensured we would stay awake. The Walton String Quartet provided us with an opportunity to enjoy the music of Beethoven in the “Scherzo” movement from his String Quartet in C Minor. The program had a rousing finish with 2 jazz numbers from the Contemporary Ensemble. One of the best things about this concert is that performers in the ensembles are at many levels in music experience, ranging from students who have just joined the ensembles to those students who are completing IB Music. If you are learning an instrument you will find that these ensembles are an exciting, supportive and fun way to further develop your musical skills.
by Nicole Whyte, Instrumental Music Captain 2019