Trinity held its Presentation Evening, a celebration of hard work and achievement, on Wednesday 6th December in the Sports Hall.
Mike Sassi, the Editor of the Nottingham Post, was the guest of honour for the evening. He delivered a wonderful speech that highlighted the many excellent things that young people are achieving in Nottingham at the moment. Mike also presented the awards and certificates, recognising the many and varied achievements of Trinity students over the last academic year.
It was lovely to see so many of last year’s Year 13 return to receive their awards and visit the school once more.
The Presentation Evening is also a wonderful showcase of the quality of music Trinity pupils produce. Once again, the soloists, groups, orchestras, bands and choirs demonstrated their dedication and skill with powerful and uplifting performances.
A Varied Programme of Music
The evening began with a dramatic rendition by the full choir and orchestra of Carl Orff’s O Fortuna, from the cantata Carmina Burana. The impressive sound of the full orchestra, including timpani, gong, cymbals and bass drum, combined with the wonderful, energetic voices from Years 7 – 13 and the staff members in Chamber Choir was an excellent way to set the scene for the evening to come.
After the prizes, the remainder of the musical items began. These included a moving performance of Gabriel’s Oboe from Chamber Orchestra, followed by a rousing rendition of Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance. Robbie Williams’s Love My Life came next, sung by the full choir and accompanied by a band made up of pupils from years 9 – 13. One of our Year 13 Music prizewinners sung the solo part in this piece amazingly well – giving Robbie Williams a run for his money! Swing Band performed a lyrical, mellow version of the song A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, with a complete change of tempo and mood for their second piece, the energetic and rhythmic Lester Leaps In, with solos from Year 12 and 13 students.
Concert Band had the pleasure of accompanying one of our Year 13 Music students in the Ashokan Farewell. The violin solo was played beautifully and with real sensitivity. A selection of Highlights From Harry Potter then rounded off the musical groups’ contributions before the finale.
The finale this year was a medley of songs from ABBA, featuring Super Trouper, I Have a Dream, Mamma Mia, SOS, Dancing Queen, Fernando, Waterloo and Thank You For The Music. The four soloists, Full Choir, Orchestra and Chamber Choir all performed with such enthusiasm and drive that the standing ovation started before the last note had even finished! It was great fun to sing and perform all those great songs and the students really did themselves proud.
A special thanks goes out to Nicholls productions who lent all of the extra lighting needed for the event free of charge to the school and to Soroptimists International who sponsored some of our trophies and awards.
Finally, a huge thank you to all involved in making the evening special. The event was a culmination of a lot of work from a lot of people and really highlighted what is special about the school, students and staff at Trinity.