This year’s Founders’ Day concert, involving nearly 150 performers, was held six days after our actual Foundation Day (5th May.) The concert featured a stirring performance of Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony by Strictly Strings, some extravagant playing by Concert Band of Jock McKenzie’s Balkan Bounce as well as many other showpieces. There were fine dramatic performances by Symphony Orchestra of Beethoven (Egmont Overture) and Sibelius (March from Karelia Suite), and finally some stunningly beautiful singing by Swithun Choir of Verdi’s Vergine Madre and Holst’s Ave Maria.
This concert marked the end of a chapter for the music at St Swithun’s, with the departure in July of both Richard Brett after nineteen years and Joanne Richardson after seventeen. It was a fitting culmination of their work, and all performers excelled themselves on this memorable occasion.