Ruislip Residents' Association

Bishop Ramsey School's St.Cecilia Music Concert

Annie Sullivan and Liah RussellOn Thursday, November 17th. Bishop Ramsey C of E School held their annual St.Cecilia concert. The two hosts for the evening were Year 11 students, Liah Russell and Amie Sullivan, who welcomed the audience and introduced all the performers. These two young ladies also gave solo performances in Harmony's rendition of Rise Up - Beyonce, which was the fourth item on the programme. This group rehearses every Thursday morning and is for singers who want more of a challenge. Mrs. Neale, Head of Music, has encouraged the group every week to channel their inner Beyonce.

The concert opened with Glee Club XS's uplifting performance of Fight Song - Rachel Platten. During rehearsals the  performers are assisted by Year 11 and Sixth Form student Leaders. There were a number of Year 7 students in the group performing in their first concert.

The next item on the programme was piano recital by Jesse Deng, an A Level Music student who has opted to specialise in performance in the second year of the course which means he will have to perform a fifteen minute recital as part of the exam. He played a jazz piece, Wise Bud by Jason Rebello, named after the American pianist and composer Bud Powell.
This performance was followed by the Ramsey Rockers - New Generation, a new group who is led by sixth formers. For most of this group, this was their first concert performance. They played Holiday, a song that was first released in 2005 and is in a fairly difficult key so the performers did well to learn it in just seven weeks.

The final performances of Part 1 were presented by StringZ who were led by Miss Rottman, who played Edelweiss - Rogers & Hammerstein and Humoreseque - Dvorak. This was followed by a lively and very professional performance by Unity of Hard Knock Life from the musical Annie. Unity is the new name for the musical theatre group - the only group that has an audition process. Most of the members were in the group last year and the school is very proud of them as part of their excellent work they won £10,000 from the Disney company with which the school has purchased their new staging.
Part One drew to a close with a performance of Night Run - Eddie Harvey by the Jazz Band.

The Friends of Bishop Ramsey provided refreshments during the interval.

Part two opened with a performance by the Wind Band led by Miss Hunt who played the Blue Danube Walz by Johann Strauss 11. Most of the performers also play in the Concert Band. Next came the return of Harmony who performed the song All Of Me by John Legend which he wrote for his wife and reached Number 1 in 2014. The second A Level performance was given by Esme Porter who played Allegro, a piece from the early classical era by the composer Johann Krebs, a little known composer who had a much more famous piano and organ teacher in J.S.Bach.
The Jazz Band
Further performances followed by Glee Club XS, Jazz Band(which featured Ruben the drummer, a Year 11 student, He is a very keen musician and last summer was one of the youngest students to tour with Hillingdon Music Service to Greece), Ramsey Rockers (older generation) and finally a rousing performance of I Got Rhythm by the Concert Band which had the audience clapping in time. A brilliant encore was provided by the Jazz Band who played Go Johnny Go.

There was a retiring collection to raise money for Malosa School in Malawi which staff and students will revisit next year.

Published in Secondary on 21 November 2016.
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