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    Spring Concert 2016

    Another fantastic Spring Concert from the musical talent at BR!

    What a start to the evening!  The Jazz Band with solos from all of the instruments and led by James Willett one of the upper sixth leavers was excellent.  This year’s leavers were much in evidence with the flautists Catherine Keeble and Elizabeth Flach slowing the tempo.

    After the leavers we had new singers who have just been formed into the Junior Choir covering ‘Hakuna Matata’ from The Lion King and the later performance from the Senior Choir certainly did not reflect the fact that they have only been rehearsing for five weeks. 

    The next item was truly new - the show stopping girls of the Glee Club sang and danced a self choreographed rendition of ‘When I Grow Up’ from the stage musical of ‘Matilda’.

    The end of the first half certainly had the ‘wow’ factor when we saw the Sinfonia with a conversation between the two superb violin soloists Frances Lay and Andrei Anghel. I look forward to hearing them again.

    Marching started the second half with the Concert Band playing the ‘Liberty Bell March’ - unfortunately they did not get up to march themselves!  The Staff Choir gave a taste of the First World War commemoration performing a medley of songs with some of the audience gamely joining in.  The Junior Band, with some support, played a very old and a very new piece – ‘Goe from my Window’ and ‘Star Wars’.

    Renee James who joined the school this year and started the new Glee Club and the recent talent show sang ‘I've got to find a Piece of Mind’ - a real star performance. 

    The traditional Leavers’ item saw carnations to the fore playing classic 80s ‘I don't want to Miss a Thing’ by Aerosmith. Towards the end the Jazz Band got feet tapping with Otis Redding’s ‘Shake’ and finally, members of Year 7-13 joined together with the Concert Band providing a rousing end to the evening including Mrs Neale paddling away during the ‘Hawaii 5 0’ theme.  All of the students and teachers can be very proud of this last concert of the year.

    David Poole – Stand-In Reviewer!