“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul” – J.S Bach
On the weekend Friday 13th – Sunday 15th, orchestras from eleven prep schools from across the country, came together to play in our annual Orchestral Weekend, held at Turi.
The visiting schools arrived on Friday afternoon and were greeted by Turi Ambassadors and Orchestra Members, who helped them pitch up tents at our campsite. What followed was an intensive 24hrs of sectionals, solo rehearsals and full orchestra rehearsals that culminated in a one-hour concert on Saturday night. Among the pieces played on the night, were full orchestra performances of “Chariots of Fire”, “Rock Around The Clock”, “Hallelujah” and “Pomp and Circumstance”. In typical orchestral weekend fashion, the String section and Wind section of the orchestra battled it out to see who would have the best pop song performance with the Strings playing “The Fox” and the Winds bellowing out “Cheerleader”. All this was interspersed with delightful solo and group items from St Andrew’s, Kenton, Cavina, Peponi and The Banda.
This year, there was a twist to the programme. The audience was ambushed by Mrs Luvai and given the challenge of learning and singing ‘Pompeii’, in only three minutes. They were wonderfully accompanied by music staff from all the participating schools. T
The evening gave meaning to Bach’s quote, refreshing our souls and glorifying God through the combined musical efforts of 172 young people.