Wednesday 8th December 2010 by C. Freeman
Brooke Weston students put on a fantastic evening of entertainment in this year’s Winter Showcase. The event, which had ‘Places’ as a theme, featured the orchestra, choir, soloists, three dance pieces and, for the first time, curriculum choirs from Years 7 and 8.
The showcase, compered by Mr Mark Bidwell, started off with the Brooke Weston choir with ‘Empire State of Mind’ followed by Harriet Dunn singing ‘Castle On a Cloud’ from Les Miserables.
Then came the first of the dance acts with the Brooke Weston Dance Company reprising the piece they devised for the launch weekend of the Corby Cube. Georgia Pringle performed the classic ‘Makin’ Whoopee’ before the boys’ dance crew had their turn in the spotlight with ‘Mash Up’.
This was followed by another mash up of ‘Just the Way You Are’ a piece created for the audition stages of a new television show and powerfully performed by the 15-strong Vocal Mojo.
The orchestra had their first spot of the evening with ‘Somewhere’, from West Side Story, followed by the choir singing a modern take on ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow.’ The Senior Girls Chamber Choir gave a rendition of ‘Breath of Heaven’ before the orchestra played ‘Jupiter’ from Holst’s The Planets Suite.
James Barry sang ‘Home’, made famous by Michael Buble, then the Brooke Weston Dance Group took to the stage with ‘Paris’. The flute group performed the classic ‘Lullaby of Broadway’ and it was time for ‘Another Day in Paradise’ for the Year 7 curriculum choir.
The Brooke Weston Dance Company had another chance to show off their striking moves to ‘Viva La Vida’ before Lyn Joyson’s solo of ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’.
The Year 8 curriculum choir was next with ‘Lean On Me’. Rebecca Savage sang ‘Habanera’ from Bizet’s Carmen before the event was rounded off by the Brooke Weston Choir singing ‘California Girls’ Mash Up. Cue the rapturous applause as everyone returned to the stage for the curtain call.
Thanks to everyone involved in staging the sell-out Winter Showcase; the staff (especially those from Performing Arts and Mr Bidwell), visiting peripatetic staff, the audio-visual department and Parents in Partnership who provided refreshments. Special thanks, of course, go to all of the students who took part and gave such spirited and memorable performances.