Brasstonbury 2021

On Wednesday 23rd June, the School had the opportunity to hold the first concert for over a year and was fortunate to celebrate it on a glorious sunny day. Brasstonbury 2021 was a different sort of Brass Concert from the usual annual offering, but the acoustic and stunning setting of the Andrew Quad provided the perfect and safest arena for the occasion.  
The forty-five performers, comprising of Whitgift brass players and the brass instrumental teachers, performed to a socially distanced audience which included our very beautiful, vocal and appreciative peacocks!  Along with performances of James Bond Theme and Soul Bossa Nova by the year group ensembles, the Senior Ensemble Whitgift Ten, gave fabulous renditions of Thunderbird and Borage from the ‘Three Brass Cats’ suite by Chris Hazell. The staff item, performed by the brass teachers, was Freddie Mercury’s Don't Stop Me Now arranged specifically for the occasion by Ms Duncan, one of the Whitgift trumpet teachers. Whitgift’s Director of Orchestral Music, Mr Winter, presented awards to the finalists in this year’s Solo Brass Performance and the winners in each category performed a solo, accompanied on the piano by Head of Keyboard, Mr Lane. 
Thanks to the exquisite staging and timely guidance on social distancing, we were able to bring everyone together to perform two massed items Summer Nights and then the rousing finale with spectacular audience participation in singing along with Land of Hope and Glory. 
The evening was the most wonderful collaboration of our superb Whitgift Brass players, the brass teachers, the Audio Visual team and tremendous support from the Music Department. Not least of all the encouragement and support from the audience and parents of our boys was overwhelming and indicative of that which they have maintained throughout this extraordinary year.  
Head of Brass, Ms Temple stated, “My enormous thanks go to everyone involved in Brasstonbury 2021, but most particularly to our talented young brass players, who were entirely responsible for making the evening a tremendous success.”