Lights on, stage set and the students were ready to perform in front of a full capacity audience! The evening began with an explosion of musical talent in the form of Louis, whose technical ability shone throughout his performance of Mia and Sebastian’s Theme from “La La Land”. The audience welcomed their hosts for the night, J Jay and Emily who guided them through the first half entertainment, starting with the Swing Band. They played back to back swing classics in the form of Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”, and Barry Mann’s “On Broadway”. Exceptional solo contributions from Grace, Meghna and Alicia wowed the audience with their maturity, musicality and style. Black and White demonstrated their versatility by covering two very contrasting songs, “Say Something” and “Where is the Love”, both showcasing a range of musical colours shown by the two vocalists Niamh and Sally. Next was a slick performance of “Forget You” by Cee-Lo Green exuding musical energy from vocalists and instrumentalists alike. The audience were then treated to “The Louis Collective” who performed Paul Whiteman’s “It Happened in Monterey”. No Angels, with their new line up, sang “Riptide”, featuring vocalists Kiera and Emily whose beautiful tones filled the Hall with ease. Swing Band finished off the first half with a jazz cover of “Feel Good Inc.”, but not before fantastic soloist contributions from Jenny on vocals in “Big Spender”, and a stunning saxophone duet from Alicia and Christian in “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from the film Dirty Dancing.
After a short interval, the Chamber Choir kicked off the second half in dramatic style with “Opening: The New World”. The solo melodic line was passed around all performers with panache and character, telling the story of their journey to an unexplored land. The fine performances continued with J Jay who sang “For Forever” showcasing the wide range of his voice before he was joined on stage by Darcie, as they sang a beautiful duet, “Only us”, both from “Dear Evan Hansen”. Chamber choir had two more remarkable contributions for the second half with Muskaan and Jenny leading “What I Did for Love” and “Once Upon a Time” respectively. The vocal soloists for this half featured the brilliant tones of Ellie singing “She Used to Be Mine”, Sally’s delightful “My House” and Verity singing a spine tingling “With You” from “Ghost the Musical.” More Musicals were featured by ensembles provided by the Dance and Drama departments, whose performance of “Cell Block Tango” left the audience stunned at the commitment and conviction portrayed by the performers. The second ensemble was Jenny and Kayley, whose duet captured the hearts of the audience as they sang “What About Love” from “The Colour Purple.”
The Senior Choir’s contribution to the concert featured Anya as the vocal soloist in “Tomorrow” from Annie, whose talent was evident for everyone to see. This was followed later by “The Colour Purple” featuring Kayley, taking us to our final piece “One Day More” from “Les Misérables.” This featured a wide range of soloists and was a fantastic end to a superb evening of entertainment. Many thanks to all who came to support the event and to the teachers and pupils alike for their hard work and dedication.