Queens Concert 2018

A showtime event at Queens College

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The Annual Rotary Schools Concert staged by Taunton Vale, began in 1997 by the then President David Hancock and Terry Rowcliffe, who has been involved ever since. 

Originally by Taunton Secondary Schools putting on performances in front of an audience of Older Citizens from the Chestnut Tree Club, and pupils from Special Schools. At first at The Brewhouse Theatre, then at Queen's College, it has gradually progressed into its present format of performers from the Special Schools in Taunton and Bridgwater entertaining their fellow pupils, plus a contingent from a local Primary or Junior School, and backed up by musicians from Queen's College.

This year was an exceptional delight. Compered by Simon {a Selworthy School teacher}, who threw himself [literally] all over the auditorium to link the acts, he worked the audience into a frenzy, and encouraged many to tell jokes or go up on to the stage to spin plates or wrestle with Diabolos.

Handing out green tree branches, white muslin cloth - Clouds, red paper - Roses, blue cellophane - Skies, and an endless string of  bunting- Colours of the Rainbow, we were taught to sing and Sign "What a wonderful World" with suitable actions. A projected backcloth showed a DVD made at Selworthy, of pupils doing the same.

The morning was rounded off by Queen's Jazz Band, before the 350 strong audience dispersed to their transport (paid for by our Club).

President Colin wrote - "A big thank you to Terry and all the helpers at the Queens concert today,

I was pleased to be able to do the initial welcome and take in a small part at the start of the show and the incredible atmosphere. I have to say that this is a really wonderful event and just the sort of thing that Rotary clubs should be doing, I was only disappointed that work pressures meant I could not stay to see the whole event.

Well done Terry,  Colin."

John Binns commented-  'We built this city on rock and roll' was a fitting climax to the Queens Concert today. A massive turn out with record numbers getting up on the stage to dance and join in the entertainment. Enormous thanks to Terry and all those who supported the event".

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