On a beautifully sunny and breezy September lunchtime, whole school ensembles and UVI (Year 13) soloists came together to perform uplifting music in the Lime Kiln Garden. This was a memorable inaugural concert, allowing newly formed ensembles to show what they are capable of in under two weeks of term!

The setting was just perfect and the sunken garden framed energetic performances from Junior Consort, Opera Ensemble, Chamber Choir and LIV (Year 7) Choir. Megan and Flora presented a sparkling Handel aria and the Vaughan Williams classic, Linden Lea. The choirs enjoyed performing Holst, an upbeat version of We’ll Meet again and lively rounds. Junior Consort’s version of An English Country Garden added a personal touch with the words 'How many kinds of sweet flowers grow in an English Country Garden. Rosemary, yew trees and flow, blue geraniums, lady smocks, roses, foxgloves, blue forget me knots, and a much loved Lime Kiln watches flowers grow, in an English Country Garden.'

The relaxed setting and the lovely weather brought the school community together to make music again in a new setting. The garden is giving such joy to all, inspiring great performances from all involved. We look forward to seeing the video (thank you to Pete Slater and the IT team) and to much more music-making in the setting of the beautiful garden.

Mrs Bethan Dudley Fryar, Director of Vocal Studies