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Orchestra praised for invaluable Les Misérables contribution

Orchestra praised for invaluable Les Misérables contribution

A host of talented musicians at Rydal Penrhos have been praised for their superb contribution to the recent Dramatic Society production.

No fewer than 18 pupils were part of the musical accompaniment during Les Misérables, which was held over three sold-out nights at the Memorial Hall last month.

The brother/sister duo of Juan and Bijou Rajagopal were tasked with keyboard duties during the production, with Jan Christoph Franzius and Vanessa Weining playing keyboard horn.

The incredibly talented Harry Grocott played keyboard trombone with aplomb, and the duo of Ethan Bytheway and Arend Franssens’ composed performance on the trumpet further aiding the orchestra.

Louise Weiss and Alicia Zhou were prominent members of the contingent on the flute, with the clarinet responsibility handled supremely by Johanna Pieper.

Alto and Tenor Saxophone and Recorder was played by the hard-working and committed Samuel Jones, and Ivo Vonbank highlighted his enormous potential as Soprano Saxophone.

The talented trio of Eddie Farrell, Johanna Schmidt and Adrian Lewis also contributed significantly on the violin, as did Gwyn Davies on the Cello and Richard Wolfendale on bass guitar.

Mia Cole’s exceptional drumming was another notable highlight, with two professionals also lending their expertise in the form of Jasmine Leach (Clarinet/Bass Clarinet) and Melanie Cross (Oboe and Cor Anglais).

Director of Music Pete Williams, said: “I am enormously proud to say that all but two of the Les Misérables orchestra were formed by our wonderfully talented pupils, who fill me and everyone at the school with a great sense of pride on a daily basis.

“Their work behind the scenes was exemplary and they dedicated an exceptional amount of their own time to ensure the production was a roaring success, and each of them deserve all the plaudits coming their way.”

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