Bishop Ramsey's Spring Concert
The school held their Spring Concert on Thursday, March 10th. in the school hall. The audience was welcomed by two senior students, Abi and Jordan, who introduced each item. The evening's programme was a combination of all the ensembles that rehearse throughout the term and several performances from school leavers, all of whom wore red carnations. Many of these year 13 students have been a part of every single concert since starting at the school.
The programme began with a lively performance of two pieces by the Jazz Band which this year has been run by James Willett, one of the leavers. Next was the first leavers' item which was a flute duet performed by Katherine Keeble and Elizabeth Flach. Katherine has been in every concert since Year 7 and has taken part in the Junior Band, Senior Choir and Concert Band during her time at school. She has recently passed her Grade 8 Flute exam. Elizabeth has also been a valued member of the Senior Choir, Concert Band and Sinfonia. They played the popular Flower Duet from the opera Lakme which was originally sung by two sopranos. The Junior Choir then performed Hakuna Matata from the musical The Lion King and Imagine With Me by John Francis. The second leavers' item was two saxaphone pieces performed by Alison Waller who is one of the A Level musicians and has her Grade 8 and her A Level recitals round the corner. Alison has also performed in every concert since Year 7 and is the leader of the saxaphone quartet. Other performances in the first part of the evening were presented by the Senior Choir and Sinfonia.
One of the highlights of the evening was a magical performance by the Glee Club, an idea which has been put together by sixth form students. Ms. Rottmann has now taken over looking after the girls who rehearse on Wednesday evenings.
The young students came up with their version of the popular song When I Grow Up from the musical Mathilda. The choreography was arranged by the girls themselves. It was delightful and warmly applauded by the audience.
The Friends of Bishop Ramsey provided refreshments during the interval which was much appreciated.
The second part of the programme began with a rousing performance of the Liberty Bell March by John Philip Sousa. This was followed by a medley of popular WW1 songs performed by the Staff Choir. The audience was invited to join in. The next item was provided by the Junior Band which included some students who were performing for the first time in public. A stunning rendition of the song I've Got To Find A Piece Of Mind made popular by Lauryn Hill was performed by Renee James who joined the school for the sixth form. Renee has made a massive contribution to the Music department; she initiated the Glee Club, has sung in the choirs and was instrumental in setting up the recent talent show in which she wowed everyone with a version of Feelin' Good. Performances by Leavers and the Jazz Band followed. The concert concluded with the Concert Band who played the theme tune from the popular 70s show Hawaii 5-0 and a medley of Stevie Wonder hits.
The success of the concert was due to the hard work of Mrs. Neale, Head of the Music Department, and her colleagues Ms. Rottmann and Ms. Hunt.
Published in Secondary on 17 March 2016. Updated on 16 April 2016