Pupils and students from Years 7 through to 13 held a Tea Time concert to showcase their talents and some of the performance work that has taken place in class and in their instrumental lessons.
Joe Sandham opened the concert with an energetic piece by Queens of the Stone Age on drums. Other Year 13 performers included A level Music student, Abigail Hardman, with Gershwin’s ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ and Eleanor Connell’s moving rendition of ‘I Will Wait’ by Mumford and Sons. Rhys Millington has also been invited to perform his Grade 8 singing pieces as a soloist on Saturday 25th June at Pendle Hippodrome Theatre.
Several pupils studying GCSE Music performed hits from The Greatest Showman, including Cheyenne Grech who gave a wonderful performance of ‘Never Enough’ and Amal Dhukai who sang ‘Rewrite the Stars’. Other GCSE pupils entertained the audience with Adele songs, including Hibah Munir and Nesibe Borecki who gave debut performances.
Kitty Simpson and Amaan Wardingley, QEGS’s very own Matilda and Miss Trunchbull, teamed up to perform ‘It Takes Two’ from Into the Woods the musical. Other musical partnerships included Settareh Khattir and Ruby Feast who sang Handel’s ‘Where E’er You Walk’ with Ruby later impressing the audience with her solo ‘The Music of the Night’ from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. The laidback musical number ‘Moonshine Lullaby’ from Annie Get Your Gun, sung expressively by Year 9 pupil Lydia Swindell, was followed by Mr Braime’s beautiful solo violin performance of Elgar’s ‘Chanson de Matin.’ Miss Bowker also joined Year 13 A level Music students in an ensemble performance of Karl Jenkins’s ‘Adiemus’ to celebrate the recent Cultural Diversity Day that had taken place in school.
Other newcomers to the Teatime concert stage included Ash Johnson who performed ‘Run’ on guitar with fellow Year 8 pupil, Ruby Erswell. Ruby also sang a haunting version of Christina Perri’s ‘Thousand Years’ later in the concert. Anna Jaimon impressed the audience with her vocal riffs in Maddison Beer’s ‘Reckless’ and Hector Litherland-Park performed a cappella. Liam Machowski-Bailey in Year 7 played a traditional German tune on the trombone and Brianna Clegg, who joined us from Year 6, performed her Grade 1 trumpet pieces confidently.
The audience gave all of the performers a huge round of applause and enjoyed listening to Jenson Gibson’s solo GCSE performance, ‘Come Together’ by The Beatles on drums, as they stayed to congratulate all of the performers at the end of the concert. A big well done and thank you to everyone involved; it was a really enjoyable concert!