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 Singing to Keane’s Tom Chaplin
Rose Hill School, Kent, welcomed Tom Chaplin to judge the  rst House Music Competition. All three of the school’s houses performed and Grange House were lucky enough to be crowned the winners with a fantastic rendition of YMCA.
Tom gave all the singers feedback on their performances before awarding the trophy. He then performed two songs from his new album ‘Twelve Tales of Christmas’ accompanied by Rose Hill School Head of Music, David Everist.
Snow Queen initiative
Months of hard work paid off for two Drama prefects who oversaw a production of the Snow Queen at Derby High School.
Olivia Renshaw and Ella Battersby were responsible for every aspect of the performance from casting, set design and lighting to ticket sales and publicity.
Back in July they were asked by staff to choose which play they would like to produce and they selected the Snow Queen.
Ella said: “We had to choose a play that hadn’t been performed before in school and we needed to  nd something with a good range of female roles. I came across the Snow Queen and thought that would be perfect.
“We held auditions and asked girls to perform an extract from the script. We asked them if they would like a major or minor role.
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Tom then kindly answered questions from the pupils. Pupils learnt that his favourite album is the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; Keane was named after a lovely old lady called Cherry Keane who used
to come and watch the band perform; his favourite instrument is the piano; Tom recorded his  rst song aged three on his tape recorder and he has released over 100 songs to date and hopes to release more in the future.
Pictured: Christian Heinrich, Headmaster with Jack & Michael Whitehall and Harry Hastings, a former teacher
The brand new Cobham Theatre at Bromsgrove School saw a cast of 41, a band, and 8-strong crew stage The Pierglass at the end of last term, a  tting ‘christening’ of the new facility.
Every aspect of this complex production, from the  ying of scenery to the operation of lights, sound and stage management was undertaken by students, all of whom were simultaneously learning how the new facilities
in Cobham actually worked and what great potential the theatre offers.
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I think in the end about 20 to 30 girls took part.”
When students returned after
the summer break, the cast was announced and rehearsals began.
Olivia said: “We were rehearsing twice a week and we were also in charge of every aspect of the show.
“We needed to arrange posters, promotion and tickets. I did enjoy it and when it was over I just wanted to do it all again. I think it’s been really good for my con dence
and helped me with my time management.”
Ella said: “It was challenging
and it was hard work trying to balance everything. It was a lot of responsibility but I enjoyed it.”
Whitehalls Performance
Cumnor House School, Sussex, welcomed Jack & Michael Whitehall for two sell-out performances of their hilarious and informal comedy double act – attended by over 600 people and raising over £7,000 for prostate cancer charities and The Princess
Alice Hospice in Esher. Following their performances Jack and Michael personally signed copies of “Backing into the Spotlight” and spoke to members of their audience – with the odd ‘sel e’ thrown in.
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