Orchestra Bremen visit Vandyke

Published on 05 June 2017

Orchestra Bremen visit Vandyke

On Monday 22nd May, Orchestra Bremen travelled from Germany on their European Music Tour and visited Vandyke to perform a concert. The orchestra, consisting of twelve to eighteen year olds, were very tired upon on their arrival at our school, but after some light refreshments in the café, they were raring to play their instruments.

Before they were able to begin, the forty-four piece orchestra had to load their instruments into the back of the theatre, which they carried out so swiftly that the Geography revision session held during this time didn’t even notice that four large timpani drums and a gong, amongst  other  instruments,  had been brought in! 

The concert began at 1:30pm to a packed theatre, with Gilbert Inglefield, Brooklands Middle School and our GCSE Music classes amongst the audience. The orchestra performed an eclectic mix of pieces, ranging from Gustav Holst’s Planet Suite to the Bare Necessities, which got the crowd clapping and singing along.  Members of the orchestra spoke about each piece of music and gave some information in perfect English about their own school and city, which they were very proud of. There was a hugely positive response to the orchestra, with one student from Gilbert Inglefield saying, “Wow! That was EPIC!”

The orchestra were very happy with their performance and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It also provided a new opportunity for our students, as some hadn’t ever seen an orchestra perform live before.

Miss Doe

Team Leader of Music