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Musical Memories

Published Wednesday 15th of May 2013 04:17:32 PM

On a wet Wednesday in May, an audience of 150 guests gathered to attend this year�s Musical Memories performance. The Sports Hall had been fully transformed with tables, candles and the serene sounds of the College Jazz band �The Syncopators� beautifully playing well-known show tunes. Throughout the evening the audience were treated to various numbers from the thirty-strong cast which took us from the most current musicals to operas first performed in the late 1800�s.
The performers were members of the College�s Musical Theatre Club and Barbershop Group with former pupil James Andrews accompanying and Director of Music, Mr Stewart Smith, as compere. The performers ranged from Year 7 to Upper Sixth and we were treated to diverse solos and group numbers such as Sophie Jones� emotional �Tell Me it�s Not True� from Blood Brothers, Robert Anderson�s stunning �On the Street Where you Live� from My Fair Lady and Nick Bradley�s and Joe Kelly�s infectious �Well Did you Evah� from High Society. The full Company numbers were simply dazzling from the soulful �Somebody to Love� from We Will Rock You to the fiery �Do You Hear the People Sing?� from the Oscar Winning Smash Les Miserables.
What was so impressive about the evening was learning that all of this hard work had been done in just one lunch time a week with new Head Boy, Nick Bradley, acting as Musical Director. It was evident to see Abbey Gate is a College brimming with talent and we hope the success of this evening will encourage others to get involved in the future.
It was such a special evening to be a part of and we were proud to see that the Company received an impromptu standing ovation after their final number which was thoroughly deserved.

Miss C Andrews
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