On Friday 29th January 2016, Steyning Grammar School, Year 11 A Level Music Practitioners performed in concert to an audience of family and friends. This concert performance forms part of the students Music Practitioners exam.
This year a group called the ‘Foreigners’ comprising of Maria Perez, Emrick Seymour, Aiyanna Skadding-Hunt & Bethany Clark started the evenings entertainment with some gentle numbers to warm up the audience finishing with a moving rendition of ‘Grand Piano’.
Students Becky Rogers, Daisy Fitton, Toby Shotter, Callum Davies, Grace Hart Coombes and Charlotte Bibby performed as part of the group ‘The Rubics’ playing some big numbers like ‘Latch’ by artist Sam Smith, ‘Can’t help falling in love’ an Elvis Presley number and ‘Wildest Dreams’ by artist Taylor Swift.
Olivia Gillam and Chloe Kimber sang some beautiful songs; ‘Emilou’, ‘Lunar’, ‘Flume’ and ‘Homesick’.
Ben Waring on lead vocals with fellow students Shannon Dixon, Archie Lees, Daniel Everett & Cameron Murphie performed ‘Annie’, ‘Crazy Little thing called love’ and some big hits from recent films ‘Let it go’ from Frozen and ‘Skyfall’ from the latest James Bond movie.
The evening closed with Emily Hickox, Harriet Long, Cameron Parr, Anthony Anderson and Jack Pullen performing a rocky number ‘How you remind me’, ‘Bloodstream’ an Ed Sheeran number and finished with a funky performance of blues inspired song ‘Black horse and cherry tree’.
Jon Reeves, Steyning Grammar School, Learning Leader for music said: “This year’s event resembled a classy cyber café with laptops and live music; for the first time the audience were able to share observations electronically with the students about their performances. This has given our students lots to digest. We had some great examples of astounding progress made and many of the comments from the audience reflected this. “
This event coincided with the Henfield Youth Charity Concert where fifteen Steyning Grammar School students from Year 11 and the Sixth Form had chosen to perform seven acts in aid of the refugee crisis. This was a fabulous and well supported event that raised £750 in support of one of the eight families who have recently arrived in West Sussex.
Jon Reeves said: “Friday night, was music night’, as they say, with two evening concerts. Both events were a wonderful testament to our students’ ability to take control of their music learning and share their own loves and passions in music.
“The confidence and authority that these students show when they are performing is a joy to watch, and their natural enthusiasm for music radiates as they perform.”
Nick Wergan, Steyning Grammar School Headteacher said: “We are really proud of our students’ musical skills and thank staff and organisers of both events for giving them the opportunity to show this talent.”
Jon Harding the organiser of the charity concert said: “St Peter’s Church in Henfield hope that our successful collaboration with Steyning Grammar School will continue for many years to come.”