For some 8years every March the Rotary Club of Guildford District has organised a school concert, held at the GLive venue in Guildford, Surrey and in 2020 it was comprised of pupils from four local schools - Christ's College Guildford, Duke of Kent School, George Abbot School and Prior's Field School.
to the national lockdown restrictions the 2021 concert was sadly cancelled so instead pupils from each of the school's choirs recorded a
version of the Coldplay song 'Fix You' to raise money for one of the
Rotary supported charities - Challengers.
During remote learning some 80 pupils from the four schools managed to learn, entirely on their own, all their parts, record themselves singing and send the videos in. These were then edited into a finished virtual choir.The finished recording raised an amazing £2,300. Please click here to go to go to the Crowd Funding page to listen to an amazing performance by some very talented young people.On the evening of Wednesday 9thMarch however the ‘Schools Got Talent’ concert was back!
In front of a virtually full house audience at Glive some 300+ pupils from George Abbot, Chris’s College Guildford, Duke of Kent and Prior’s Field Schools gave a staggeringly enjoyable and impressive performance. Each School was on stage for some 30 minutes and produced a wide range of music from excerpts from the musical Shrek (in full impressive costume!) to classical piano plus many other acts including Big Band, some excellent singers and choirs in several and varied genres. We had an unusual item; a junior version of the Stomp percussion group ‘Broom’ performance. Very unexpected. The audience got fully involved right from the start which helped create a great atmosphere, particularly noticeable when joining in with Shrek’s ‘I’m a Believer’ and the Proclaimers’ famous song 'I'm Gonna Be (500 miles) - keeping up with the youngsters marching took some doing! The impressive finale featuring soloists from all four schools was Michael Jackson’s ‘Earth Song’.
As in previous years the feedback from the audience was extremely good. The president of the Rotary club Philip Rambech thanked everyone involved including the generous event sponsors, local contractors ASH, and the programme advertisers for their support. A small group of organising Rotarians, the four schools Heads of Music plus of course the the pupils, all of whom worked extremely hard putting on such a good event deserve our thanks as do the staff of Glive, the photographer, Jonathan Constant and the stage manager Lisa Lee and her hard working team. We all look forward to next year.
The Rotary club made a departing bucket collection in support of the people of Ukraine and it is great to report that £1000 was donated. Thanks to everyone for their generosity.
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