A wise man said: “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life, to everything.” Plato’s message was ringing loud and clear from the Musgrave Theatre as guests enjoyed what can only be described as a joyful, and remarkable musical feast of talent from Moretonians past, present (and continuing well into the future).
Mrs Rayner’s team did a splendid job of showcasing the fruits of much dedicated labour from the absurdly talented musicians and choirs making music at Moreton.
We embarked with an electrifying performance of ‘Greatest Show’ given by the Stables, Chamber, and Show Choirs. From there we were transported through an eclectic musical landscape from a gorgeous summery piano duet ‘Gondolieri’ by E Nevin, performed by Cici and Natalie to a Scandinavian folk experience on the Nyckelharpa (a keyed fiddle) from OM Gabi Maas; from a stirring Show Choir performance of Dixie Chicks’ Travelin’ Soldier to the entrancing Chamber Choir singing ‘Goin Up a Yonder’ by W Hawkins; from a glorious rendition of Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Poor Wandering One’ by OM Morgan Darcy Rees-Deacon to C Gounod’s Je Veux Vivre sung by OM Emily Boulton, whose vocal range knew no bounds!
We enjoyed blissful flute performances from Tara and Megan, virtuosic piano solos from Anna and Daisy. The North Shropshire Schools’ Orchestra quite literally brought the house down with their majestic pieces, only for it to be soothed once more by vocal solos from Astrid, Hatty, and Romy, and a violin solo by Selina.
It was a real privilege to spend a Saturday evening in the presence of students celebrating what they clearly adore doing – they gave us all an experience worthy of a much loftier ticket price! Thank you to all involved.
- Moreton Parent