Music makes up a big part of life at Wakefield Girls’ and whether you’re passing by Willows, our music department, arriving in Jubilee Hall for morning assembly or walking through our junior section playgrounds, we are sure amazing music will fill your ears. On 4th and 5th May however, the roof really was raised at QE Hall as 27 of our ensembles, bands, orchestras and choirs came together to put on two show-stopping summer concerts for a full house.
Both evenings were a highly anticipated feast for the ears with students from all years taking part performing crowd pleasing favourites, jazz, folk, popular and classical music. The sounds are still reverberating across campus. Special mention must go to our wonderful soloists – Eleanor Bowen (Year 13) who performed Carmichael arr. Morrison’s Georgia on My Mind, and Jihan Ha who performed Karl Jenkins Palladio – 1st Movement.
A big thank you for all students who performed, to all the students who manage sound, stage and light and especially to our fabulous Year 13 students, for whom that was their final performance before we say goodbye to them in summer.
Year 10 student Róisín Daly shares her thoughts about the concerts:
I think we can all agree that the two yearly music concerts are one of the highlights of the school year. Uniting students from Year 7 or sometimes younger, all the way to our Year 13 leavers, they strengthen the connection between music and friendship.
We opened Wednesday night’s concert with Youth Brass Band, including a fabulous solo from Head Girl Eleanor Bowen. The entertainment only continued involving superb, comedic interviews from Mr Varley; a Star Wars re-enactment from Percussion Ensemble; and excellent dancing skills from Show Choir led by two Year 13’s, Alex Lee and Mia Sedgewick. Another strong opening to the second half with beautiful singing from Emily Pridham and Tara Karim, after a comfortable interval with sweet treats on sale from Year 10 QEGS entrepreneurs. Transported all over the universe, from Neapolitan Guaglione to California Dreaming and a Galaxy Far Far Away, it was a fabulous first instalment from all involved.
Thursday evening followed in an equally impressive fashion. Including two debut bands, and two student-led bands it was a truly inspiring night. Speaking of fashion Horns with Hats, one of the newly formed groups led by Mrs Bentham, certainly entertained; and the country dancing from the folk band was a fantastic addition. We had a night of delightful singing from Mantabile, Foundation Chorus and Cantabile; and closed off with a splendid set from Swing Foundation led by Mr Lewis, including some impromptu piano playing from Mr Varley! This was to be a very emotional night for all of our Year 13’s, who are leaving incredible legacies behind them and we hope they all keep in touch.
Many thanks to SALT, stage crew, front of house and of course to all the outstanding music teachers who make nights like these possible.