Hubert Parry to Harry Potter: Student music societies joint concert covers the full spectrum of great tunes
Our Music Association brings together five musical student societies, each with their own talents and style, and the Spring Concert at the Church of St James the Greater gives each one a chance to shine.
The event kicks off with the University of Leicester Orchestral Society, under the baton of maestro Dr Paul Jenkins, performing the suite from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet. And because we like to give you value for money here at Leicester, the University of Leicester Modern Dance Society will perform the ballet for you at the same time. Soloists Lissa Karlsson (Biological Sciences) and Alexander Sadowsky (Criminology) will portray the star-crossed lovers with our own University Chaplain, Rev. Dr Stephen Foster taking the (thankfully, non-dancing!) role of Friar Laurence.
Then it’s the turn of the University of Leicester Chamber Choir, conducted by the church's Assistant Director of Music Mike Rule and accompanied by Assistant Organist Roxy Summerfield. Choral works by John Rutter, William Mathias and Hubert Parry are on the bill for this part of the evening.
Next comes the University of Leicester Concert Band, conducted by Music Association President Stephen Bradley (Chemistry). The programme takes a cinematic turn here with arrangements of music from the scores of The Lion King, The Mask of Zorro, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Harry Potter saga. (We’re not expecting our Quidditch team to turn up, but you never know…)
After the interval (refreshments will be available), it’s time for the University of Leicester Chorus, with Paul Jenkins and Tom Spurgin (English) sharing the podium. Expect works by Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lennon and McCartney in this section of the concert.
Finally, it falls to the University of Leicester Big Band to round the evening off with some serious swing. With Stephen Bradley once more wielding the baton, expect pieces by the likes of Hoagy Carmichael, Randy Newman, Stevie Wonder and others. Soloists Archie Burnham (Modern Languages) and Kieran Newman (Maths and Astronomy) will take their turns in the spotlight.
The Music Societies Joint Spring Concert takes place in the Church of St James the Greater (a magnificent Edwardian edifice) on London Road on Saturday 17 March, in association with Embrace Arts. Tickets on the door, or from the Embrace Arts box office, are an extraordinarily reasonable £6, concessions £5 and four quid for students. Kick-off at 7.30pm.
Please note that this concert on Saturday 17 March replaces a previously announced concert in the Students' Union on 24 March.