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 AmaSing Performance
Described by a parent of a Year 7 pupil as “truly worthy of the West End; the girls’ acting was flawless and the singing was simply divine!” The last three nights of the Spring Term ended on a truly high note for Cobham Hall School, Kent, girls as months of hard work paid off and their production of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was received with much acclaim.
Those arriving early had the chance to get into the spirit with a Medieval Fayre in East Court before the show. Staged by a team of Sixth Form students, the Fayre
included a coconut shy, apple- bobbing and face-painting.
Teacher Mrs Claire Ruby said:“I only started working at Cobham Hall this term as a Drama tutor and have been blown away by the talent I have seen. Beauty & The Beast was absolutely enchanting, and the cast were exceptional. Each and everyone gave it their
all, the lead roles were extremely talented, the backstage crew worked their socks off, the music was beautiful and the show was an absolute joy to watch!”
A group of ‘AmaSing’ singers from Abbey Gate College, Cheshire, Infant & Junior School performed at Chester’s new theatre, Storyhouse in a massed choir made up of over 25 local schools.
The event organised by new community interest company, AmaSing took place over three days and involved more than 1000 children performing a selection
of songs, some of which were specially written for the choir by Matt Baker and Andrew Smith.
Seven months of preparation, learning lyrics and dance moves were finally over, and the day had arrived for pupils to show parents and friends their musical skills and talents.
The children performed on
stage, backed by a live band and conducted by the organiser, Rachel Borman.
The evening, presented by actor Simon Smithies, included dance groups and a singing ensemble, along with ten songs performed by the AmaSing choir. It finished with a rousing rendition of ‘Gonna Live my Life to the Full’, written and recorded to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Charity.
Music teacher, Jane Dukes said: “The children, all dressed in their sky blue ‘AmaSing’ T-shirts, were thrilled and excited to be involved in such a fabulous show. They performed brilliantly and were a credit to the school.”
The annual Exeter School Choral Society concert held at Exeter Cathedral last month (March) was once again a highlight of the musical year, drawing together pupils, parents, staff, alumni
and guests from the school’s community.
The concert opened with Middle School Choir singing Howard Goodall’s arrangement of ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’, best known as the theme tune from The Vicar
of Dibley. They were supported by a professional orchestra including many of the school’s peripatetic music teachers under the direction of Director of Music Peter Tamblyn.
The second half of the concert was all-Mozart, initially featuring Ave Verum, sung by Chamber Choir under the direction of Assistant Director of Music Tom Brimelow, and then followed by movements from the Mass in C minor.
The Curse of Cranholme Abbey
“West-End worthy”
 Cathedral choral
Warwick School, with King’s High School, was delighted to be given the opportunity to be the first school production of ‘The Curse of Cranholme Abbey’ by Tim Norton, for three consecutive nights at the Bridge House Theatre last month (March).
The opportunity came as a result of a recent trip to Edinburgh by Mr M C Perry, Director of Drama at Warwick School, who saw this powerful and cleverly written piece performed by the Young Pleasance company.
Tim Norton very kindly gave Warwick School access to the original set, text and sound cues (over 100 of them!) making this production very exciting from the start.
Tim Norton was in the audience on the opening night to see
this incredibly chilling, dark and spooky production which held the whole audience in its clutches to the bitter end.
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