Spotlight on Sherburn High talent

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Talented Sherburn High pupils put their skills to in the spotlight during their spring concert.

Over 30 musicians performed pieces from the classical, popular and world genres of music.

Curriculum leader for performing arts Vicki Bradley said: “I was extremely proud of the standard of musicianship and talent demonstrated on the evening.

“Several audience members commented on how high the standard was – the students work so hard and it was lovely to see their efforts recognised and talent shining through.

“It’s always lovely to receive feedback from audience members and my day was made last week when I received a letter from a parent who had seen the concert.

“She said the highlight for her was the last group playing Superstition, which included boys and girls ranging from the sixth form right down to Year 7 – something I will remember for a very long time.”

She added that there were several highlights of the evening including violinists Abbie Law and Sarah Wilson who have not been playing together for long but managed a flawless performance of In the Groove; whilst Joe Wilson, who has achieved grade seven, brought the violin to life with his performances.

Pianists Ella Walton, David Taylor, Eve Perrin and Stan Hodgetts all made their debut performances; later in the concert Robbie Bancroft treated the audience to his performance of Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude which is one of his A-level recital pieces.

The audience enjoyed a performance by a year seven group of African drummers, their piece was the result of weeks of lunchtime composing and rehearsing – worth every minute.

“Samba Band members also demonstrated their high level of commitment by ‘dropping in’ to open the concert following a request from Ms Bradley after a superb rehearsal at 3pm that afternoon,” added Vicki.

“The music department is open to students every break and lunchtime, as such we have many small ensembles that form after spending time jamming or rehearsing together.

“The concert featured some of these small ensembles, including Daisy Erskine who accompanied Abbie Law singing one of the many songs the pair have worked out by ear and from chord patterns at lunchtimes; Abbie was later also accompanied by Georgia Bredesen.

“Anonymous are a Year 7 band who rehearse in the department, they performed one of their own songs Take a Chance and demonstrated just how professional they are even at this early stage.

“Robbie, Joe, Nathan Moore and James Beaumont also demonstrated their developing talents as vocalists in their arrangement of Portrait.”

The concert featured many ‘regulars’ – Lauren Sheriston who sang a beautiful arrangement of Ave Maria accompanied by George Fletcher on guitar, Grace Warren performed Titanium with Nathan on guitar, Owain Worsfold performed effortlessly on trombone and James brought a great tech angle to the concert by performing on his Launchpad.

Joining the regulars were Kym Oldfield and Amelia Howgate-Gray who have just started learning drums but had the courage and enthusiasm needed to perform a great ‘drum-off’ for the audience; Josh Dutson also performed alongside Charlie Wilson and George in Wonderwall Reggae, a huge achievement for Josh who has not been learning guitar long.