School’s summer concert delights with an eclectic repertoire
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A wealth of musical talent was on show as a high school held a successful summer concert.
The third annual Bungay High School summer concert took place at St Mary’s Church on Wednesday, July 12 with talented students showcasing an array of skills.
The audience was treated to a varied programme including pop, rock, classical and musicals.
The school’s brass group opened the programme with ‘Summer Holiday’ and ‘Sentimental Journey’, conducted by Philip Harrold.
During the first half of the programme there were a number of instrumental and vocal solo performances by students of all ages and levels of experience.
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“All students rose to the occasion well and demonstrated their enthusiasm, potential and talent,” a school spokesman said.
A mixed-age student band fronted by Year 8 singer Jet-Leoni Lewis and Year 7 band ‘Six Souls’ also made their debut performance.
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The orchestra and choir rousingly performed ‘Somebody to Love’ by Queen, with soloists Bryn Daines and Benjamin Shaw, conducted by Rebecca Paterson to end the first half.
In the second half there were a number of solo performances including those by gifted Year 12 pianist Harry Parks with his Brahms Intermezzo, Year 10 clarinettist Sophie Johnston and Year 11 baritone horn player Ryan Bonner.
Millie Thetford and Hannah Pywell sang confident and accomplished solos. Ex-student Jonathan Palman returned as a guest performer and delighted the audience with his rendition of ‘Hornpipe Humoresque’ by Noel Rawsthorne on the church organ.
Year 11 students Daisy Armstrong and Jacob McCaughan performed ‘No One’ by Alicia Keys, the Year 10 GCSE musicians gave an energetic performance of ‘Valerie’ by the Zutons, and student band Mopintosh treated the audience to a sophisticated set of two of their own songs.
To bring the evening to a close, Head of Music Frances Drew-Batty directed the choir and orchestra performing ‘Africa’, complete with percussion ensemble and thunder sound effects!
“It was the culmination of a great evening of music in the beautiful setting of St Mary’s Church,” the school spokesman added.