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Spring Concert 2017

On Thursday 23rd March we staged our annual RSA Spring Concert in the Main Hall to a full house of 300 audience members. The concert featured a total of 75 performers from all year groups: the year 7 jazz orchestra, the year 7 ‘Viva Voce’ choir, the piano trio, string ensemble, saxophone ensemble, brass ensemble, percussion ensemble, flute choir, flute quartet, senior choir ‘Versatile Voices’, senior jazz band, and Soul Patrol.

There were several outstanding solo performances including a highly original “mash-up” of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” by Year 10 GCSE Music student Taylor-George Ellis who included his own impressive rapping into this arrangement. Three A level students also produced fantastic solo performances: Year 12 vocalist Lola Pap gave a stunning and highly moving performance of the musical theatre song ‘Burn’ accompanied by Andrew Martin on the piano and five string players in a lush string arrangement by A level violinist Maddie Oakland, leader of the string ensemble. Year 13 trumpeter Molly Sykes produced a very convincing and highly musical performance of her own arrangement of two well-known jazz standards, accompanied by three Year 11 GCSE musicians: Charlie Hilton on guitar, Elliot Baker on bass and Lyle Burton on drums. Year 13 pianist Andrew Martin, who has secured a place to study the piano at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama from September, gave an excellent performance of the second movement from Beethoven’s “Pathetique” Sonata.

The saxophone ensemble always deserves full marks for entertainment value, this time appearing in the most fantastic 1970s outfits to accompany their performance of ABBA’s “Money, Money, Money”. Other highlights of the evening included the performances by six of the Year 7 bassoonists who only started learning the bassoon back in October but who have all clearly made superb progress; there was a bassoon trio consisting of Lucy Allsopp, Iris Singleton and Tabitha Tooms, a bassoon duet featuring Martha Burton and Emma Martin, as well as a bassoon solo by Ned Connors who very bravely stood on the large stage completely on his own performing ‘Love Me Tender’ unaccompanied. Another highlight of the evening was the DJ’ing performances by Year 7 turntablists Sophie Barney and Tom O’Brien.

If you came to the concert, thank you for your support. If you missed it, we hope to see you at the next RSA concert.

Last updated: April 25, 2017