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ECCO Goes to Broadway

Friday, 19 July, 2013 -- Helen Wilson

Strains of There’s No Business Like Show Business, Climb Every Mountain and Chicago’s All that Jazz filled the airwaves around Eltham College on Saturday 29 June as the annual ECCO Pops Concert took place in the marquee.  Over 400 audience members enjoyed their picnic suppers and listened to the performers - with an orchestra of over 80 including 10 former pupils, visiting music teachers and other professional musicians - playing a selection of medleys from some of musical theatre’s most popular shows.
Conducted by Alastair Tighe, Director of Music, the orchestra paid tribute to the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gilbert and Sullivan and Richard Rodgers in various medleys of songs from their shows. Tunes from Oliver!, My Fair Lady, Chicago, Mamma Mia, Wicked and West Side Story also featured.  Louis Barclay (Upper Sixth) gave a wonderfully musical and accomplished performance of Gershwin’s Embraceable You on flugelhorn, whilst the string section of the orchestra gave a memorable performance of Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns. Additionally, Concert Band 1, directed by Chris Nall, began the second half of the programme with their own arrangement of classic musical theatre tunes Bright Lights on Broadway followed by a rendition of the theme from the Muppet Show!

The evening was compered by Eltham’s own Ben Pollard, who entertained the crowd with his witty observations and interesting facts about the music performed.  As is traditional, the evening was brought to a close with Last Night of the Proms favourites Jerusalem and Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1.