MUSICFEST2 - MAGIC
“Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!” said Dumbledore in J.K. Rowling’s, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The MSM MusicFest2 concert “Magic!”, compered by new Music Captain Celeste M, showed us again how music lifts us above and beyond the ordinary.
The opening performance of “Carol of the Bells” by Percussion Ensemble transported us to a once-upon-a-time Ukrainian village of rolling farmland and distant mountains. Let us pray that peace returns to this area of the world soon. The College Choir helped us imagine living “Happily Ever After” with their Disney medley, with the opening words “Open the gates and seize the day!”. The refined tones of the Guitar Ensemble gently beguiled us with the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker ballet, and a new Latin inspired piece "El Hechizo" (The Spell), composed by Joel Woods. MSM Singers cautioned us that “Children Will Listen” to what you say, so be careful the tales you tell, and then charmed us with “I Put a Spell on You” from Hocus Pocus. Concert Band played with a smooth, balanced and cohesive sound presenting the themes from the Harry Potter movies, and then joined with the String Orchestra to form a full orchestra for “The Sorcerer's Apprentice”, famously linked to the Micky Mouse scene in Fantasia. Strings then continued with a Disney version of “Enchanted” and then the Taylor Swift song by the same name. Senior Strings commenced with the tricky Overture to “A Midsummer Night's Dream” by Mendelssohn, showing off their impressive spiccato bowing style, before accompanying our Choir Director and soprano Mrs Donna Langford performing the Mozart’s “Queen of the Night's Aria” from The Magic Flute opera. We had “Double Trouble” from the Year 7-8 Choir, and then a lovely new piece composed by their Director Mrs Kaitlin Littlewood, called Magic! reminding us that “there’s magic in people … right down to their toes”. Combined Choirs finished the evening with “Magical Kingdom” by John Rutter. Singing about the power of the imagination, and the magical world of dreams they reminded us to “keep on believing in the world of make-believe”.
In the spirit of the Sisters of Charity, let’s go out into the world and make our dreams all come true.