Badington House School

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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