Over 120 students performed in our annual Christmas concert on 14 December to an appreciative audience of parents/carers, family, friends and staff.
There were performances from students across the Academy, including from Y7 students who all take part in our brand-new music projects offering tuition in the clarinet, violin or 'cello as part of the music curriculum. These students have had just one term's tuition on their chosen instrument, and are to be commended for participating in their very first ensemble, playing seven pieces between them all.
Our new Musical Theatre group gave a taster of the opening number, 'Belle', from our forthcoming production of Disney's Beauty & the Beast, while there were festive vocal performances from our ensemble 'Voices Together', as well as from solo performers Fallon Weston, Blake Willimott, Rachel Carter, Eden Congden, Abigail Homer and Imogen Thomas. Many of these vocalists provided their own accompaniment on guitar or piano.
Pianists Emily Sherrington, Moses Randon, Caleb Cossar and Daniel Febvre entertained with pieces including Enaudi's 'Nuvole bianche' and 'Silent Night', while Stanley Wright played 'A Night in Tunisia' on the trumpet. Natalie Boardman played the classic 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' on the flute, and Georgia Kenney, as well as playing lead violin for one of the Y7 pieces, performed Vivaldi's 'Allegro, Fifth Movement from Sonata in G, RU25'.
Our enrichment groups for Guitar/Ukulele, Cello, Clarinet, Steel Pan and Djembe drumming also performed superbly. At the end of the evening, all students, together with the audience members stood to join in with 'Sleeps 'til Santa' - the festive jingle that the Academy vocalists sang for Spirit FM - making a rousing end to a very entertaining evening.
Technical support on lighting was provided by students Louis Willmott and Morgan Wood; Hamish Dominick and Harvey Newman helped with sound and microphones.
Congratulations to all the performers; our Head of Arts, Mr Munt, who compiled the evening's entertainment; Ms Molineaux-Inglis for her work with the Musical Theatre group, our instrumental tutors from West Sussex Music, our Creative Arts technician Mr Tranter for his invaluable help setting up the technical aspects of the evening and for his tuition of the guitar & ukulele groups, and our premises team and staff who helped on the night. Special thanks go to the members of our Friends Group who also provided much needed support for the evening.
Mrs T Clayton, Marketing & Communications
Posted 15 December 2016