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NTU Summer Concert

NTU Music hosted a fantastic Summer Concert to celebrate the end of another Successful year.

NTU choir
NTU Music Choir and Concert Band

Thursday 28 May marked NTU Music's annual Summer Concert and what an evening it was at The Students' Union, full of light-hearted music from our Choirs, Concert Band and Brass Ensemble. The Students' Union Level bar was full to the brim with enthusiastic family, friends, NTU staff and other loyal supporters of NTU Music on the summer's evening, all eagerly awaiting to be entertained by our fantastic ensembles for a final time this academic year.

The Concert Band commenced the evening with a bang, performing one of their favourite pieces It Had Better Be Tonight, a loud, exciting and fun piece guaranteed to lift the spirits of the audience, before the Choir continued to do so with their rendition of a medley by the popular sixties band The Seekers.

The evening then continued with more performances from our ensembles, including the Chamber Choir, who's selection of nursery rhymes The Teddy Bears Picnic and Old Macdonald went down a treat at the Level bar, this before their impressive rendition of Michael Jackson's popular number one hit Man in the Mirror.

Between the Concert Band's movie theme tune selections and the Choir's musical themed medleys, the NTU Brass Ensemble took to the stage, performing an interesting version of the popular nursery rhyme Frère Jacques. It was fantastic to witness the Brass Ensemble perform so confidentially, after being asked to perform at the graduation ceremonies this summer, a fantastic achievement for the ensemble after only forming at the beginning of the academic year.

It wouldn't be an NTU Concert without a couple of solo performances from some of our students. This term it was Saxophonist James Newton's turn, a talented second year Chemistry student and scholarship holder for both the saxophone and piano here at NTU. James also secured third place at this year's Instrumental Competition after impressing our adjudicator David Curtis while performing his impressive programme. Our second soloist was bass singer Andrew Ness, a scholarship holder and Criminology Master's student. Andrew has been a part of NTU's Choir and Chamber Choir since he started his undergraduate degree four years ago, and the evening marked his final Summer Concert here at NTU.

As the evening drew to a close it was time for our director of Music Matthew Hopkins to hand out his annual student dedication awards. Every year we here at NTU Music are deeply saddened to say goodbye to some of our fantastic students, and each year Matthew hands out awards to students who he believes deserve acknowledgment for their dedication and hard work. This year five awards were handed out to Chamber Choir members Lauren Garrill, Hannah Locke, Anna Wright and Andrew Ness as well as trombonist and Choir member James Rowe.

A Rogers and Hammerstein medley performed by the Choir concluded the evening. It seemed the perfect way to mark and celebrate the end to another fantastic and successful year at NTU Music. We would like to wish everyone a great summer break and the best of luck to all our talented students who are leaving, you will be greatly missed.

NTU Summer Concert

Published on 8 June 2015
  • Category: Culture; Music

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