It was good to see a full hall, once again, for an evening of musical nostalgia. With the Orchestra taking centre stage there was a wide variety of musical delight on offer for our 70s' Gala. Sarah Vincent got things off to a cracking start with the Muppet Show Theme, played by the full orchestra (sensitively led by Emily Hunter). The Chamber Choir made a lovely job of the Railway Children ballad and there were excellent performances by all three House Bands, the Big Band, Clarisax (in Gilbert O'Sullivan's gorgeous Claire) and our Years 9 and 10 music classes. Special mention should go to our star vocal soloists, Molly Mutter, Eleanor Ross, Phoebe Wells, Lottie Wells and Ellie Bartram who all 'put over' their songs with a real musical intensity. Other highlights included Izzy Kish and Ella Pevy's sensitive account of Close to You and those disco divas - Ana, Maria, Solape and Sophie - who showed great promise as Hand Car Wash Technicians! Although the musical notes were provided by (inter alia) The Carpenters, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Hamlisch, Abba and Carole King, the enthusiasm and musical skill belonged to our hundred or so performers.
Thanks to Mr Berreen, Ms Laxton, Mrs Fox, Mr Vincent, Ms Lim, Mr Heaton and Mr Raggatt for all their practical support, both in rehearsal and on the night. Mr Chambers manned both sound and light with his customary expertise. Lastly, my biggest thanks go to Mr Hancock - a true supporter of the Music Department - who, adorned in a Technicolor 70s' Onesie and a Noddy Holder hat, provided humorous continuity in his own inimitable style. From the graceful curves of the Michelotti-designed 1970 Triumph Spitfire outside Reception to the popular bar, this was an evening to remember. To everyone who took part - You Are the Champions!’
We would also like to thank Mr Riley for all of his time and effort in organising such a successful event which was enjoyed by all those who attended.
Photographs from this event are available from Mr Colin Birchall’s website www.myownphoto.co.uk
Please do look at the photographs, as they are stunning. Proceeds from the sale of photographs are donated to FIGS and therefore benefit all our students. We would like to thank Mr Birchall for his continued contribution to the school. We are very grateful for his support.