From 1962 and until their separation in 1970, The Beatles were a phenomenally successful and highly influential British rock quartet. In 1966 they produced what has since been widely regarded as one of the most important and influential albums of all time, Revolver.
On Monday 13 June, to celebrate 50 years since the release of this album, around 150 students from Year 3 to Year 13 took part in a live performance of all 14 songs. Much of the music was arranged for existing ensembles: Pop Orchestra, Orchestra, Soul Bands, Guitar Ensemble, Year 3-5 Choir, Saxophone Ensemble, Upper School Choir, Jazz Band and ECA Rock. But it was also necessary to form some special ensembles to complete the programme. Each song was introduced by a team of announcers from the Upper School whose delivery combined elements of history, analysis and drama. On display outside the concert hall, there was also a collection of art work by students from the Prep School that was inspired by the unique designs of Revolver’s original album cover.
The concert was very well received by its large audience and particular highlights included Milly Phipps’ (Y9, Tutt) moving performance of For No One, the guitar ensemble’s smooth rendition of Here, There and Everywhere, confidently led by Matthias Li (Y12, Nightingale), the Senior Soul Band’s energetic Got To Get You Into My Life and the charming combination of the Year 3-5 Choir and the Saxophone Ensemble in Yellow Submarine.YouTube video