Musical Evening 2017

On Wednesday 5th April 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 some thirteen different acts perform, with a number of contemporary compositions such as ‘Shine’ by Take That and Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’ proving especially popular, alongside some older classics such as ‘Mack the Knife’, ‘Beyond the Sea’ and ‘Be Still, My Soul’.

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 a medley from ‘Les Misérables’, featuring such instantly recognisable numbers as ‘At the End of the Day’, ‘On My Own’ and ‘Bring Him Home’.

In addition the School’s Chamber Choir, which earlier in the year was invited to perform at the prestigious opening of the nearby C.S. Lewis Square, treated those in attendance to memorable performances of traditional Chinese piece ‘Moli Hua’ (Jasmine Flower), ‘Be Still My Soul’, composed by Sibelius and arranged especially for the night by Jonathan Rea, and ‘Sure on This Shining Night’ by Morten Lauridsen. Elsewhere notable performances were also delivered by, amongst others: the Senior Girls Choir, which performed ‘The Seal Lullaby’ by Eric Whitacre; the Guitar Club, directed by Mr Flanagan, which performed ‘So I Wanna Know?’ by the Arctic Monkeys along with ‘Castle on the Hill’ by Ed Sheeran; as well as the Brass Group, conducted by Mr Thompson, which provided impressive renditions of ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’ by Michael Bublé as well as ‘Lord of the Dance’, arranged by Gavin Somerset.

Congratulations to everybody who helped to make this year’s Musical Evening such an overwhelming success, including year fourteen pupils Steven Hedley, Reuben Browne and Josh Clarke, who served as comperes 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 PGCE Music student Miss Mills, 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 look forward to enjoying continued musical excellence within the school for many years to come.

Grosvenor's senior choristers deliver a rousing rendition of a medley from 'Les Misérables' during the finale of Wednesday's Musical Evening.

Members of Grosvenor's guitar club perform 'Castle on the Hill' by Ed Sheeran at this year's Musical Evening.

Comperes Reuben Browne (right) and Steven Hedley keep the audience entertained between musical performances during Wednesday evening's concert.