There was an air of eager anticipation in the packed school hall as the high school junior choir took to the stage to open the concert with ‘Gloucester Wassail'. This was closely followed by the full choir singing ‘California Dreaming’; both songs representing the month of January.
The monthly theme was then taken to February where Churchfields Primary School sang ‘Love Can Build a Bridge’ and ‘The Rose’. All pupils sang their hearts out with ‘love’ clearly being the theme.
Crackley Bank Primary School took to the stage to perform their version of ‘Mama, I’m a Big Kid Now’ - representing the month of March and Mothers’ Day. This lively performance had the audience singing along and added to the bustling atmosphere.
April was depicted by the CCSC Year 9 dance group who danced to ‘April Showers’. The lively dance was then followed by a medley of songs from Sun Academy, Bradwell. Both schools beamed with smiles and dance moves as they performed!
The high school junior choir returned to the stage to perform ‘Summer is a-Coming’ to celebrate the month of May which was shortly followed by the return of the Crackley choir singing the 'JCB Song’ to show ‘Fathers’ Day and the month of June. Once again the choir filled the stage with their beautiful singing voices.
In between the months, we were treated to comic performances from Corbin Ball, Kate Stanier, Izzy Hulme and Ellie Moss who had the audience laughing with their comic timing and acting. The humorous acting skills of the high school students took on the month of July with a sketch entitled ‘At the Beach’.
Next we had August; with a spectacular performance from the high school band and their rendition of ‘Scarborough Fair’. Matthew Chau, a Year 11 pupil, accompanied on piano.
Chesterton Primary School took to the stage with September and sang the infectious ‘Can’t Stop This Feeling’ as the crowd danced and clapped along. They remained on stage to introduce the theme of harvest through their October song. This month was then concluded with another humorous sketch from the GCSE Drama students who showed us what ‘trick or treating’ is really about!
This performance was followed by an emotional choice of song from St Chads Primary School who chose to remember lives lost in their beautiful readings of ‘The Somme, The Somme’. The passionate performance was then complete with a song called ‘Wear a Poppy Today’. The choir then left the stage with a scattering of poppy petals as a touching tribute to November.
December was chosen by our Year 10 GCSE dance group who performed a moving dance with the John Lewis Advert as a background. The song ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ was beautifully interpreted by our dancers.
The evening concluded with a return performance of the 'Wassail Song' by the massed choirs of Churchfields Primary, Chesterton Primary, Sun Academy Bradwell, Crackley Bank Primary, St Chad's Primary and CCSC. It saw a lively end to a successful evening of music, drama and dance. The musical items were directed by Head of Performing Arts, Ms K Flavell, and the school band played brilliantly throughout the show.
Mrs S Waterhouse, Deputy Headteacher, said: “As usual the concert was fantastic! It is always a highlight of my year to see so many of the community together under one roof. I look forward to next year!
A gallery of photographs from the concert can be seen below. Please click on an image to enlarge it.