On Friday evening, in front of a near-packed Parsons Hall, Aiglon’s own ‘Rat Pack’ took to the stage!
They performed a wonderful celebration of jazz vocal classics from the era of big band swing. Six Aiglon soloists, accompanied by their own jazz orchestra, The Villars Vanguard, entertained and dazzled the crowd with their vocal virtuosity. Singing onstage were (from left to right):
- Santiago (Year 13, Delaware) - They Can’t Take That Away From Me
- Tony (Year 13, St Louis) - I Got You Under My Skin
- Sacha (Year 13, Delaware) - Fly Me To The Moon
- Aiden (Year 12, Alpina) - The Lady is a Tramp
- Motoori (Year 11, Belvedere) - Ain’t That A Kick In The Head
- Robert (Year 11, Belvedere) - Cheek to Cheek
All soloists impressed with their technique, musicianship and natural sense of style, performing with a professional ease, beyond their years. A very supportive audience left Parsons Hall inspired and uplifted by the marvellous musicianship on display.
Thank you Sacha, Aiden, Tony, Robert, Santiago and Motoori for an evening of great music making. Thank you also to the Music Department for organising, Mr Norton and Christian for their wonderful work with sound and lighting, and of course to Wolfgang Hanninger and the musicians of The Villars Vanguard for helping make this possible.
We all hope that this concert now becomes a regular feature in the Aiglon Music Department calendar.
About Mr Gaston
Mr Nigel Gaston is Aiglon's Head of Music. Mr Gaston is an accomplished musician who studied at Edinburgh University and the Royal College of Music. He has a vibrant passion for the subject that is clear both in his classroom teaching and other involvements such as musicals, special music in assembly and a variety of regular concerts and musical performances in collaboration with the department and students. He also served as longtime house parent of Le Cerf.