St John's College

Supper and Song is one of the musical highlights of the year, and this year’s event was no exception. Combining performances of all the larger ensembles in the College with a three-course meal provides the perfect opportunity for College students to perform large-scale works in a friendly setting.

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Pictures: Tom Dewar (LV Hodgson)

The choir, led by Mr Cameron Upchurch and Mr Sidumo Nyamezele, started proceedings with a nuanced performance of Thy Knowest Lord by Purcell, sung from the gallery of Darragh Hall. The choir then took to the stage for a performance of an African Wedding medley and Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King.

After starters, the String Ensemble, conducted by Mr Lwazi Mkula, played Brian Balmage’s You Are Amazing and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. This was followed by Mr Jonathan Thorburn’s SKA and Rock bands, with Food for Thought (UB40) and Where is My Mind? (The Pixies) respectively.

The main course was followed by The Wind Band, conducted by Dr Allan Thompson and Mr Alexander Urban. Matthew Johnston (UIV Thomson) was the bagpipe soloist in Highland Cathedral, followed by a medley of themes from the hit musical Chicago. The Brass Ensemble then performed John Lennon’s Imagine, followed by the Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mr Hendri Liebenberg, who delighted the audience with great Western movie themes and a medley of Pata-Pata and Meadowlands.

To end the evening after dessert, various staff members performed a number of jazz ensemble items, including Affirmation, Ntyilo Ntyilo, and Spain, receiving great acclaim from the audience. It was the perfect ending to a brilliant evening of musical performances. - Dr Allan Thompson, Head of Woodwind.