The choir kicked off this years cavalcade of talent with One Day More from Les Miserables to be followed by our percussion teacher Mr Kimber leading the percussion group in a piece called Carnival. Two of the group were unable to attend at the last minute on Wednesday but a very happy Mr Kimber happened to spot one of his other students, Jamie in the audience. He generously agreed to help out. Miss Harrington-Booth also took the opportunity to thank Mr Kimber for his commitment to the school.
Year 11 student Joe Brown sang his GCSE composition This Last Goodbye after which the recorder ensemble treated us two two pieces called Don’t Give Up and Peach Pie . Year 13 A’Level student sang his two exam pieces Fear No More the Heat of the Sun from Cymbeline and Purcell’s Anacreon’s Defeat.
The glorious wind band were up next with The Pirates of the Carabbean, Twist and Shout and Is This the Way to Amarillo. Mrs Butcher was most insistent on some audience participation for Amarillo, even conducting us on when to clap. Miss Harrington-Booth thanked Mrs Butcher for giving up her lunch time each day she is in school for the sake of our musicians.
During the break refreshments were served and raffle tickets were sold to raise money for the Choir’s tour to Paris in 2017. We also had the chance to guess how many sweets were in the jar and to name the choir’s monkey mascot. Thanks must be extended to our supportive parents who provide the refreshments and also to Mrs Barnett Who’s company promised to match whatever we raised on Wednesday night
The second half started with Mrs Butcher again leading. This time the Samba Jamba entertained us with Bournemouth Samba! The next two peaces took a more classical turn with the string ensemble performing Karl Jenkins’ Palladio and A Level student Sam Collins playing his exam piece Prelude from Five Bagatelles on the clarinet accompanied by Mr Ford on the piano.
But then we rocked it! Resident rock group The Monarchy in Black, Made up of Matthew and Sean with guests Bel and Jamie (the percussionist from earlier) played their own composition, Lights, followed by Bruno Mars’ Locked Out of Heaven. The junior choir added to the contemporary feel with Pharell Williams’ Happy.
Finally we ended wit the choir singing a medley from Wicked. We have had an excellent year with growth in many of our ensembles.
All we need now is a name for this young man (but what’s his name?)