Annual GGS Musical Evening 2018

On Wednesday 21st March Grosvenor’s much-heralded Music Department staged its annual and greatly anticipated Musical Evening in the William Moles Hall, as a wide selection of its talented pupils performed for a large and expectant audience of pupils, parents and associates of the school. The event, always one of the highlights of the school calendar, saw over one hundred pupils from in excess of twenty different acts perform, with a number of contemporary compositions such as ‘A Million Dreams’ from ‘The Greatest Showman’ and Candi Staton’s ‘You’ve Got the Love’ proving especially popular, alongside some older classics such as ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘The Prayer’ and ‘This is the Day’.

Grosvenor’s numerous musical groups are in constant demand throughout the year and Wednesday’s concert provided a unique opportunity to enjoy all of its talented musicians performing under one roof. In recent years the event has been notable for, in particular, its show-stopping finale and this year proved no different, with the Senior and Junior Choirs combining to deliver a jaw-dropping performance of ‘Stand By Me’ by Ben E. King, combined with Bill Withers’ ‘Lean on Me’. 

In addition the School’s Chamber Choir treated those in attendance to memorable performances of ‘Sleep’ by Eric Whitacre and ‘O Radiant Dawn’ by James MacMillan while, elsewhere, notable performances were also delivered by, amongst others: the Year 14 Leavers, who performed Abba’s ‘Thank You for the Music’; the esteemed String Quintet, which delivered ‘Paladio’ by Karl Jenkins; as well as the Brass Group, conducted by Mr Thompson, which provided impressive renditions of ‘The Liberty Bell’ by John Philip Sousa, as well as ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’, arranged by Frank Bernaerts.

Congratulations to everybody who helped to make this year’s Musical Evening such an overwhelming success, including year fourteen pupils Ruth Milligan, Sarah Myles and Eva Wardlow, who served as commères for the evening; keeping proceedings moving with aplomb throughout thanks to their impressive reserves of wit and professionalism. In addition to the many pupils who participated on the night, particular praise is also reserved for Grosvenor’s phenomenally dedicated Head of Music Miss Rosemary Foster, along with fellow Music teacher Mr Jonathan Arnold and Miss Linda Knox – honorary member of the Music department for the evening; not to mention the many peripatetic teachers who have also contributed to the musical development of Grosvenor’s pupils throughout the year.

Well done to all involved in this year’s Musical Evening, which served as a perfect showcase for the considerable array of musical talent present within the School – we now look forward to enjoying continued musical excellence within Grosvenor for many years to come.

Grosvenor's Senior Choir, conducted by Head of Music Miss Rosemary Foster, in fine voice during Wednesday evening's annual Musical Evening.