The end of the Spring Term and the start of study leave for many of the older girls is often marked by two musical events – the annual Founders’ Day Concert and a school service at the cathedral. The concert opened with a performance by Agata Patyczek U6, winner of this year’s St Swithun’s Music Competition of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole movement 2, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra.
Other accomplished performances followed, including a tuned percussion trio, the Clarinet Choir, the Flute Quartet and the Chamber Choir. In the second half the newly formed Brass Ensemble played impressively, showcasing the diverse variety of brass instruments played by the girls and the concert finished with an upbeat performance of Happy by the Concert Band. The concert was very well-attended and warmly received by the audience.
During Sunday evening Swithun Choir led the school in a “Songs of Praise” style service at the cathedral. The hymns and anthems were chosen by the choir and members of the school community, including the teaching staff, the head girl team and the maintenance team. Familiar favourites such as The Lord is my Shepherd and Be Thou My Vision echoed enthusiastically around the cathedral and the choir sang a moving rendition of Wherever You Are by Paul Mealor.