Year 7 Musical Showcase Success!
All the Year 7 students gathered in the hall to play through their final rehearsal in preparation for their musical showcase later that evening.
Nerves, excitement and eager anticipation filled the hall and animated conversations about disco props ensued. Jack Rennie did a superb job of setting up the microphones and sound for the event and Seb Engert manned the lighting desk, assisted by some students who were at the ready to start the lyric prompter from the balcony above. As the final note of the rehearsal resounded through the hall, parents started to take their seats. The aim of the showcase was always to bring to the children a sense of what it is like for a musician to play a concert, or as we in the profession prefer to call it, a gig. Coming from performing backgrounds, and as musicians who are still actively involved in the industry, Mr Rennie and I were keen to show the students how exciting and fun a gig is and to give them a platform to showcase their musical talents. One by one each class played their chosen song by artists Ed Sheeran, Gotye, The XX and Bastille. Accompanied by some enthusiastic singing, each student played an integral part to creating a collaborative and exciting rendition of each piece. Some students were invited to play solos, and Mr Rennie’s Year 7 band were also featured. Culminating in an exciting finale of flashing lights, costumes and dancing, our Year 7 brought the house down singing and rapping a disco medley, especially arranged for them by Mr Rennie and Mrs Verkerk. We have received so many positive messages after the event and are so proud of our pupils. We calculated that they achieved all of this on roughly four hours of rehearsal! An epic achievement, given that some are less experienced musicians, or do not play an instrument at all. We would like to extend our grateful thanks to everyone who supported us, to the music and technical team, and to our instrumental teachers who helped the children to learn their music. Well done, team! You did it!