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AGGS Christmas Concert 2021 – Media Team Report
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1st December 2021

Due to COVID and all the social distancing rules taking place, students have been performing in incredible virtual concerts but on the 24th and 25th November, AGGS had their 2021 Christmas Concert – our first live concert in almost two years! The concert was absolutely amazing, with a large turnout for both nights. It was exciting to see students play live again, especially after the chaos of the recent years and it was clear to see that many of the students had made resounding growth.

As part of this year’s preparations, I had interviewed some of the ensemble and group leaders during the run-up to the concert to find out what they were looking forward to:

Hong-Nam V Y12 – Leader of Junior Strings

  1. What are you planning to do in the future?
    I am thinking of perhaps going to a performance conservatoire or maybe to do English Literature at university.
  2. What are you looking forward to the most in the Christmas Concert?
    The Junior Strings’ performance as there are many new members this year and to play in the Holberg Suite in String Orchestra.

Minduli V Y11 – Leader of Flute Ensemble

  1. What are you planning to do in the future?
    I’m planning to go into a musical career! I’m going to continue with singing and I would like to learn different classical styles, possibly oratorio, but I would like to do a masters in opera. I’m definitely taking music A-Level and I think after that, I will take a gap year to work on my singing technique and maybe teaching.
  2. What are you looking forward to the most in the Christmas Concert?
    Seeing everyone perform and being surrounded by other people who love music.

Archisha B Y10 – Leader of Guitar Ensemble

  1. Why do you like music?
    I enjoy listening to it and I felt the desire to be able to play in the same way as the musicians that I listen to and perform the songs myself.
  2. What are you planning to do in the future?
    Right now, I think maybe something in maths or computer science but I am definitely going to continue playing the classical and electric guitar and learn harder pieces too.
  3. What are you looking forward to the most in the Christmas Concert?
    I’ve been going to AGGS concerts since Y7 and they are always good so I am excited to hear all the other performances and to perform with my group.

Freya D & Zoe H Y10 – Leaders of Wind Band

  1. Why do you like music?
    I’ve always been interested in it. My brother started playing the saxophone in Y8 and I wanted to be able to rival him so I decided to become more involved.
  2. What are you planning to do in the future?
    To complete my Music GCSE and to compose, perform and carry on with music.
  3. What are you looking forward to the most in the Christmas Concert?
    I can’t wait to play live. It’s a lot better as I can see the audience and their live reactions to the music so I am excited for that.

Both nights of the concert were a tremendous success and I loved listening to all the pieces (one of my favourites being the Studio Ghibli pieces, Howl’s Moving Castle Theme, performed by junior strings). I can’t wait to see what the set list for the upcoming Spring Concert on 16th March. Finally, I like to end the article by thanking all of the students and teachers that have come together to make this happen and to congratulate them on their lovely performances.

Watch the flute ensemble and photos from the concerts here

Written by Lakshayaa Shruthi K, Y11
AGGS MEDIA TEAM