Cabaret Evening

The Cabaret Evening showcased talent in the performing arts from Year 8 through to Year 11, not forgetting our lovely poetry reading quartet of Year 5 and 6 students who extolled the benefits of music and drama in verse they had written themselves. For Year 10s and 11s it was an opportunity to air examination material – drama students performed their monologues and music students performed some of their solo and ensemble pieces. Year 8 and 9 students auditioned to provide supporting acts and it was really exciting to see the performing potential already developing amongst the younger years.
We can’t show the monologues as they are coursework submissions but, suffice it to say, there were some stunning and tear-jerking performances. Below you can find musical highlights from the evening as well as some rehearsal clips from the day.


Feeling Good, performed by our Year 11 band who have been playing together since the end of Year 8


Composed and performed by Oscar and James in Year 11


God Help the Outcast, sung by Jessica in Year 11


I see Fire, chosen and sung by Fraser in Year 8


Blackbird, played by Oscar (Yr11) and a budding new band in the form of Year 8 boys singing Locked Away


The Power of Love, chosen and sung by Phoebe and Sapphire (Year 9)


Asturias by Albeniz, performed by James in Year 11


Martha and Rose in Year 8 performing a piano duet


Chopin Waltz performed by Toby in Year 11


Senior Choir, A Thousand Years

Music on the hoof

Year 9 are trying their hand at improvisation which the Encyclopaedia Britannica defines as ‘the extemporaneous composition or free performance of a musical passage, usually in a manner conforming to certain stylistic norms but unfettered by the prescriptive features of a specific musical text’. Interesting that musical text or notation should be, by implication, restrictive and perhaps curbing creativity.

This is what one group have put together so far – the first piece you will recognise as a version of Seven Nation Army but the second is all theirs and most definitely ‘unfettered by the prescriptive features of a specific musical text’.