Tuesday 23rd June 2009 by C. Freeman
Students put on an exceptional evening of entertainment when they showcased the best of Michael Jackson's songs. All of the classics, such as Bad, Billie Jean and the iconic Thriller were performed to a stellar standard.
It was the first time ever that the Brooke Weston orchestra and choir collaborated on a piece and they kicked off the evening with Beat It. Then the most popular items from Jackson's repertoire were performed by soloists, instrumental groups, choirs and the orchestra with the talented Brooke Weston Dancers taking to the floor (and table) for a highly polished performance of Smooth Criminal.
The acts were all incredible, with the choir, boys choir and vocal soloists Katie Parker, James Barry, Jordan Smith, Shannon Wilkins, Katie Sproston, Lyn Joynson and Miss Dean displaying their classy vocal skills. The jazz band, flute group, saxophone and clarinet groups all put in faultless performances with Lee Griffiths and Joanna Newton shining in their instrumental solos on saxophone and flute respectively. The evening finished with a moving rendition of We Are The World, when the appreciative audience was encouraged to stand and sway in time with the choir.
Thanks go to all who made the show possible; the performers, the musicians, the Music Department, stage-hands and audio visual support from Mr Jackson. Special mention must be made of Mr Bidwell who introduced the acts in his own inimitable and unforgettable way. The evening was an mix of music, camaraderie and expertise that vividly exhibited the range of talents here at Brooke Weston.