On Friday and Saturday night, audiences were treated to an intimate and excellent production of Marriage of Figaro, performed to an extremely high standard by members of the Sixth Form, under the leadership of Director of Music, Emma Kent.
Accompanied by the Exmoor String Quartet and the West Buckland Senior String Quartet, the Sixth Form Singers performed an abridged version of Mozart’s famous opera, which mixed the original arias with sections of spoken dialogue, taken from the original play by Caron de Beaumarchais, including the introduction of a narrator to explain the extremely convoluted plot!
The small cast of Sixth Form singers captured both the quality and the mood of the opera beautifully, with some extremely strong performances and very convincing acting, accompanied by the two quartets and Prep Director of Music, Dominic Carter on Continuo.
In keeping with the authenticity of the evening, the audience were able to enjoy food and wine during the entertainment but it seems they were marginally more polite and less noisy than those of the 18th and 19th Centuries, when they would chat, walk around and play games during the performance!
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Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 were treated to a spectacular concert performed by the Band of the Royal Air Force, with a wonderful repertoire, ranging from the theme from Star Wars, and Bang, Bang by Jessie J, to some well-known and more traditional pieces, which included some beautifully performed solos.
In addition, some of our more senior music students were given the memorable opportunity of playing with the band for a couple of pieces at the end of concert, which was a fantastic honour for them and one which they will remember for a long time.
Memorable also will be the impromptu solo from Mr Ralph on the trombone, as he was invited to come and perform with the band after word got out that he had recently passed his Grade 2 exam!
For the students who were lucky enough to attend the concert, this was a very special event and we were delighted, that pupils from Caen Primary School in Braunton were able to come and join us.
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In October half term, some of our Art A level students went on a fantastic four day field trip to Tintagel, Cornwall, staying in a cosy hostel right on the cliff edge! We are delighted to be able to share a video that was made during the trip - filmed and edited by our Artist in Resident, Zoe Roberts.
The annual trip is a fantastic opportunity for the group to get out of the Art study and explore different materials and methods, from illustrating the power of the waves using bleach and white paint to sculpting plaster moulds of rocks they found on the beach.
As the video shows, the trip was also a great time to relax and socialise as one big group.
We are delighted to announce that tickets are now available for what promises to be a fabulous night of opera and 18th century chamber music, featuring the Exmoor String Quartet, along with our own West Buckland 6th Form Singers and Senior String Quartet.