Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, RPO, WHitgift, Whitgift School, Whitgift Foundation, Croydon, Pip Burley, Barrue Guard, Darling Buds of May, Primrose Larkin, Abigail Rokison, Croydon, concert, music, orchestra, partnership

Audience at Whitgift enjoyed pieces from the Darling Buds of May and popular 50s music hits.

Devised and compèred by the show’s Executive Producer, and Old Whitgiftian, Mr Pip Burley, the evening was a mixture of music, film, stories and cast interviews.

This was the first concert of the academic year to celebrate the partnership between the Whitgift Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and was conducted by Whitgift’s Director of Orchestral Music, Mr Philip Winter. Chosen pieces from the Darling Buds of May score were played to a fantastically-high standard, and were clearly enjoyed by all the musicians taking part, as well as the audience. Mr Burley commented during the evening that this was the largest orchestra to play the show’s music, and he was thrilled that this orchestral pairing was performing the series’ classic soundtrack.

Mr Barrie Guard, the Darling Buds of May Musical Director, made an appearance, conducting his beautiful piece, On the River, much to the audience’s delight.  The addition of popular light-music favourites from 50s radio, brought many memories alive; Puffin’ Billy, and Devil’s Galop were two of the musical highlights.

Cast member, Abigail Rokison, who played Primrose Larkin, was one of Mr Burley’s interviewees during the evening, and a second cast member greeted the audience upon arrival…Pop Larkin’s Rolls Royce!

A unique event it certainly was, and congratulations should go to everyone involved.

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