On the 24th, 25th and 26th of January 2019, Kayley (Year 13), Alicia (Year 10) and myself, Jenny (Year 13), were invited to perform as backing vocalists in the orchestra pit for the most recent, and extremely successful annual AKS musical ‘We Will Rock You’. Immersing ourselves into the musical environment and being part of a professional band with such talented musicians and complex equipment was a remarkable opportunity that we couldn’t have had anywhere else.
The band members we performed with for each of the four shows all had some relation to AKS; either full time teachers or part time music coaches. Seeing members of the AKS community perform together as a professional band made us realise how privileged we are to be able to have these invaluable experiences, especially as Kayley and I will be leaving AKS in June to go to university after our A levels. This also meant that we were able to be a part of our last musical without the pressure of ‘show night’, although we did miss performing on the stage.
The atmosphere in the pit was exhilarating; Mr Hodder and Mr Powlesland were belting out some insane guitar riffs while we sang sublime harmonies to classic Queen tracks, really made the experience surreal. For a couple of hours each show you could just feel the beat in your chest and were engulfed by the thrilling melodies and harmonies that Queen created.
As a group, we all agree that we couldn’t have asked for a more unique and special opportunity to be involved in a different aspect of the music department, we loved it! Finally, a huge congratulations to everyone involved in the show it ROCKED!