NTU Christmas Concert 2014

On Thursday 4 December, NTU Music hosted the highly anticipated Christmas Concert. NTU's Director of Music, Matthew Hopkins, led both NTU Choirs, the Concert Band and Concert Orchestra in a Christmas extravaganza to a 400-strong audience.

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The annual NTU Christmas Concert delighted audiences

On Thursday 4 December, NTU Music hosted the highly anticipated Christmas Concert. NTU's Director of Music, Matthew Hopkins, led both NTU Choirs, the concert band and the concert orchestra in a Christmas extravaganza to a 400-strong audience.

The evening commenced with the choir performing Can't Wait for Christmas, accompanied by the NTU Concert Band. It was the perfect opening to a fantastic evening, full of festive tunes and cheerful melodies.

Highlights from the evening included a number of solo performances. Up first was Chamber Choir member and Choral Scholarship student, Hannah Locke, who sang Wintersong by composer and artiste, Sarah Mclachlan.

There were other solo performances from Chamber Choir member Georgina Kiely, who sang Walking In The Air from The Snowman; this year's Instrumental Scholarship Award winner, Annah Morrish, with a rendition of Have yourself a merry little Christmas on her trumpet; and Director of Music, Matthew Hopkins, who took to the stage to sing the timeless classic, Oh Holy Night.

With the incredible success of Disney's Frozen, it was impossible for the team not to include the smash-hit song Let it Go in this year's programme. Chamber Choir member and Choral Scholarship student, Lauren Garrill, had the honour of singing this solo, accompanied by the Concert Band - and it was clear from the audience's reaction that her performance was a hit!

It wouldn't be an NTU Christmas Concert without a traditional rendition of White Christmas; Choral Scholarship student Emma McGuinness, took centre stage to sing the first verse and chorus.

The evening also saw a debut performance by the newly established brass ensemble, who delighted audiences with a rendition of The Holly and the Ivy. Audiences can look forward to seeing more performances from the ensemble in the not so distant future.

As successful as the evening was, it was also a sad time for members and friends of NTU Music. This was to be the last performance by Philip Robinson. Philip has been an accompanist, piano tutor and friend to NTU Music for five years. He will be greatly missed by all the team, who wish him the very best for the future.

A fantastic evening was had by all and with the choir, band and orchestra growing year on year, the countdown for next year's concert has already begun.

Did you come along to the Christmas Concert? The NTU Music team would love to hear what you thought about the event. Why not tweet them @NTU_Music using #NTUMusic or post a comment on their Facebook page.

NTU Christmas Concert 2014

Published on 16 December 2014
  • Category: Culture; Music

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