The long awaited annual Christmas Concert arrived at the Regent’s on the 13th of December for a musical ending to the first term at the Regent’s. After a busy term of events such as Picnic in the Park for Peace and events for the Thai floods, the music department had their hands full preparing for the Christmas concert, in addition to all the other items planned that term. If not for the hard work of both students and staff the Christmas concert would not meet its high expectations that it did this year.
The concert, like the concerts before, began with the King’s Anthem performed by the Primary Chorus accompanied by the Whole School Ensemble, which was followed by their stunning performance of ‘Oh I Say’.
IB Performance by year 12 students.
Uh Sang Ahn then performed a beautiful violin solo called ‘Meditation Thais’ followed by Ralf Siegrist performing a great arrangement of Ave Maria by Pietro Mascagni. This followed exemplary performances by the year 12 IB music class, the Flute Choir and the Beginner’s Jazz Band which really demonstrates how the music across the Regent’s encompasses all ages.
Regent’s Primary Choir performing beautiful carols.
To end the first half, the audience was treated to Chopin’s Nocturne Op.9 No.2 performed by Min Suk Choi, as well as a great performance by the Soul Band, a very prominent group within the Regent’s School, who recently performed at the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.
The second part of the Concert began with Mr. Bob’s Chamber Orchestra’s performance of Andante from Piano Concerto nº21 K467 composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte, a refreshing reminder of the classical side of the Regent’s music department. Afterwards things were jazzed up with ‘Skeleton Jangle’ and ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)’ performed by the Regent’s Jazz Band.
To end the night we heard from Mr. Mansell’s Brass group who did a brass arrangement of the classic ‘Little Drummer Boy’, the Girl’s band’s great first performance performing ‘In Christ Alone’, ‘Hey Soul Sister’ and ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ and finishing with the Orchestra who performed ‘Clarinet Rag’, the ‘Pink Panther’ and ‘Radetzky March for a strong finish to the night.’ There was also a surprise singing of Happy Birthday for Mr Bob.
Regent’s full orchestra.
Overall the Regent’s Christmas Concert really demonstrates how widespread and evolved the music department is, students as well as teachers. There were pupils performing from Year 3 up to Year 13. It was the combined effort of countless lunchtime and after school rehearsals and sacrifice of the time of students and staff that made this spectacular event possible. These work ethics combined with teamwork define the Regent’s community in and out of the classroom.