For the opening number to our Michaelmas Term Teatime Concert, which took place on Thursday 12th October, we had the pleasure of listening to Year 7 pupil, Braden Bouna playing, ‘Ode to Joy’ on the keyboard. Our talented pianists, all of whom played with quality and maturity, were Toby Saxty playing, ‘Rumba’ by Johnson, Emily Nickson perfecting her rendition of ‘Daisy Belle’ and Jasper Clarke who played, ‘Allegretto’ in C and ‘Minuet’ in C.

Holly Shafi and Toby Kay teamed up to perform, ‘Surf Curse Freaks’ by Surf Curse, whilst Ben Brown excelled in playing, ‘Daydream Believer’ on his Trumpet. Mr Braime’s violin performance of ‘Violin Concerto’ in A, by J.S. Bach was played to perfection with our second staff recital of the evening being from Miss Chaplehow, who played exquisitely, ‘Petite Fleur’ by Bechet, on the Clarinet.

The audience was also treated to a range of styles of music by soloists and ensembles, including, Amber Beech, Angelina Jones and Marwan Younes, singing pieces by the composer Schönberg.

Our regular vocalists included,

  • Lydia Swindell – On the Steps of the Palace by Sondheim
  • Kyden Lobo – When I Grow Up by Minchin
  • William Hopkins – Dove sei, amato bene? by Handel
  • Daisy Florentine – What Was I Made For? by Billie Eilish
  • Jonathan Baker – Sixteen Tons by Travis
  • Isabelle Mulan – Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri
  • Daniel Ullas – Consider Yourself by Lionel Bart
  • Annabell Whittle – My Immortal by Evanescence

Our young guitarists included,

  • Joel Bowlin – 12 Bar Blues (Bass guitar)
  • Ash Johnson – Flower of Scotland
  • Ruby Erswell – Everlong by Foo Fighters

Zara Babu sang a grade 4 piece, ‘The Dormouse’s Carol’ by Elizabeth Poston and Yusif Rijab played his own composition piece.

Our drummers of the evening were newcomer Ben Henderson, who executed, ‘Down on the Floor’ by Ben Beer to perfection and Jenson Gibson, who played his Grade 8 recital pieces in readiness for his A level Music performance recital, which will take place in front of a visiting examiner next spring.

The concert concluded with the Staff Choir singing beautifully, ‘Si njay njay njay’ by L’Estrange, which was followed by a fantastically executed whole group performance singing, ‘Say Something’ by Christina Aguilera, accompanied by Miss Cockshott on Piano, Miss Chaplehow on Clarinet, Mr Braime on Violin, Ben Brown on Trumpet, and Jenson Gibson on Drums. It was a delightful finale to a wonderful concert, which was enjoyed by all!