The orchestras of Downe House came together last Sunday evening (17th March) for an epic cinematic musical experience in a showcase concert, ‘A Night At The Movies’. The Orchestras took their audience on a voyage through some of the greatest sound tracks in motion picture history from ‘Lord of The Rings’, ‘Schindlers’ List, ‘Ladies in Lavender’ to ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Skyfall’. With a powerful and carefully crafted visual backdrop, film clips were running concurrently with the Orchestras, and the quiet nibbling of fresh popcorn amongst the audience completed the movie music experience!
The Film Symphony Orchestra opened the concert, bringing together the First and Second Orchestras, with some 120 girls on stage in a grand performance of the Dam Busters March that would rival the original sound track. The evening brought together an eclectic range of musical styles from classical, jazz, to pop and even folk with an excellently executed Irish Reel performed by virtually every string player in the School! All in all, a fantastic evening at the movies where the audience and performers alike were transported to the greatest scenes of movie action, enjoying some of the finest pieces of film music ever written in a breath-taking orchestral showcase!