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‘40 Years’ Gala Concert
Pupils from years 7 to 9 at Bancroft’s School, Essex, took on a classic of Russian literature, Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector. This is an uproarious and farcical comedy in a new translation by Alistair Beaton.
The Mayor and of cials of an undistinguished provincial town, which is overrun by corruption, hear they are going to be visited by a government inspector who is travelling incognito. They mistake Khelstakov, an impoverished
newcomer, for the inspector and
pull out all the stops to impress him. Khelstakov is swift to take advantage of the town’s fawning hospitality. Gogol’s work puts the corruption of a small town under the microscope, and Bancroft’s students successfully conveyed the paranoia of the town’s of cials, maids and civilians.
Director was Dr Alistair Mill, and Producer Mr Rob Young, both members of Bancroft’s English Department.
Abbey Gate College, Cheshire, hosted a special Gala Concert as it marked its 40 years anniversary.
As part of the concert, 75 past choir members joined the current choir producing a spectacular sound of 140 voices. The concert was directed by Mr Stewart Smith who is retiring after 39 and a half years as Director of Music. During this time, he has led a thriving music department with many of his former pupils progressing to careers in opera, music production and cathedral music.
At the concert, the audience also enjoyed performances from the Infant and Junior School choir, instrumentalists, and vocalists.
The choir has sung in most English cathedrals including London’s St Paul’s Cathedral, where they will return to in April 2018. The choir has also toured to various locations including France, Belgium (Menin Gate), St Mark’s Venice, Germany, Italy, Holland, Denmark and the west and east coast of the USA on two occasions.
The concert also welcomed the new Head of Music, James Andrews (pictured) who, as well as being
a former pupil of the College, is
an ex-Head Chorister of Chester Cathedral and a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire. He begins his post this month (September).
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A group of over 80 girls at Kent College, Pembury, created an atmospheric production of Hiawatha last term. The 19th century poem was brought vividly to life with every student having the opportunity to deliver lines.
The professional standard set, lighting and projections created a world of misty forests and cloud- capped mountains and the costumes were designed and made by year 9 students under the direction of the Textiles Department.
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