Caoimhe Magee and Morgan Brown were just two of our students who took part in the recent acoustic night where musicians had the chance to show off their talent. The event took place in the drama studio where performers took to the newly installed staging. It gave students from the lower year groups experience in performing to an audience, and it is a chance for older students to perfect their pieces prior to the GCSE performance concert.
Caoimhe, from Year 8 said: ‘We all either played or sang something. I sang Ellie Goulding’s version of Your Song. I do a lot of singing and I go to Genesis Theatre Company every week.’
Morgan, who sang 1000 Years by Christina Perri, added: ‘It was really fun. When I was in Year 6 I had the lead role in the school play and I had to sing but I haven’t had singing lessons but I would like to start them. I love singing. I was nervous but once I was up there I didn’t think about it I was just in the music. I would definitely do another one. When you came off stage everyone gave lots of good feedback.’
Afterwards Mr Tang, who organised the concert, said: ‘I wanted the concert to be relaxed. This was the first time we had used a stage, it looked good and worked really well. We are going to have one acoustic session a term and, for me it is about unearthing someone with a voice or musical ability that you were not previously aware of. I tell the GCSE students that they need to use these opportunities to get the niggly bits out of their performances so that when it comes to the formality of the GCSE performance concert it is amazing. For Years 7, 8 and 9 it is just a bit of fun. People come along with different reasons as to why they want to take part, although performing in front of a live audience, even in such a small venue, can be a bit nerve-racking.’