Musical Evening 2016

On Wednesday 16th March Grosvenor’s Music Department staged its annual and much-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 year, saw over one hundred pupils from some thirteen different acts perform, with a number of contemporary compositions such as ‘Seven Nation Army’ by the White Stripes and Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’ proving especially popular, alongside older classics such as The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen and a medley of hits by Simon and Garfunkel.

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 ‘Circle of Life’ by Elton John. In addition the School’s Chamber Choir, which earlier in the year was invited to perform at the prestigious BBC Radio Ulster 40th Anniversary Birthday Concert, held in the Ulster Hall, treated those in attendance to spine-tingling performances of ‘Sleep’ by Eric Whitacre and ‘Adiemus’ by Karl Jenkins - featuring a flute duet by Libby Duncan and Eva Wardlow. So too a particularly popular performance on the night came from the Barber Shop quartet of Stephen Hedley, Thomas Parke, Rueben Browne and James Morrison, which closed the opening half of the show with a vibrant performance of ‘After Ever After’ by Jon Cozart.

Congratulations to everybody who helped to make this year’s Musical Evening such an overwhelming success, including Upper Sixth pupils Ryan Simpson and Chris Allen who served as comperes for the evening, keeping proceedings moving with wit and professionalism throughout. In addition to the many pupils who participated on the night, particular praise is also reserved for the Head of Grosvenor’s thriving Music department Miss Rosemary Foster along with fellow Music teacher Mr Jonathan Arnold, as well as 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.

Grosvenor's Senior Choir in performance during this year's Musical Evening on Wednesday 16th March.

Grosvenor's Barber Shop quartet comprising, from left to right, Reuben Browne, Stephen Hedley, James Morrison and Thomas Parke deliver a rousing rendition of 'After Ever After' by Jon Cozart during the annual Musical Evening.