A stunning Summer Concert

Tuesday 16th July saw Gateacre musicians old and new gather for the Music Department's Summer Concert.

The event, bookended by performances from the Gateacre Orchestra, saw the usual eclectic musical mix, taking in everything from Chopin to Panic at the Disco, performed by students across all year groups.

   Introduced by comperes Brian Comer and Freya Barnes, there were emotional farewell performances from our Y13 leavers, Lauren White, Sophie Roberts, Callum Rylands, Kaileigh Jorgenson and Joe Baker. There were debut performances from Carl Penquet who treated us to a lovely solo rendition of The Beatles' "Blackbird", Lukas Adomaitis with a soulful "You Are The Reason" and year 8 student, Summer Best with a sensitive reading of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love". The Y7 trumpets treated us to a swinging version of "When the Saints" and two year 10 singers, Amy Morton and Caoimhe Quinn delivered superb versions of "Titanium" and "Killing Me Softly" respectively.

   The volume was cranked up for Ollie Switzer's take on Panic at the Disco's "Ballad of Mona Lisa" and Jamie-Lei Dennett's version of "Use Somebody" by The Kings of Leon.

   Fans of musical theatre were treated to performances of "I Can Do Better Than That" by Megan Stewart and a powerful "Never Enough" from Amy Figueira. In addition there were two fine solo piano performances by Hannah Tse and Dacia Fyffe who tackled works by Handel and Chopin respectively.

   As well as the orchestra, other group performances included a funky "Pick Up The Pieces" from the Kaileigh Jorgenson Jazz Band, The Senior Singers' "Counting Stars" and our very own Gat Pack who treated us to a memorable version of Dean Martin's "Sway".

   Two bands, Reignmaker and Stick also performed with the former offering their own impressive composition, "Clockwise" and the latter, making their debut with "We Are the People". It was left to compere Brian Comer to close the concert with a powerful version of Robbie Williams' "Let Me Entertain You".

   Mrs. Chapman offered thanks to both our year 13 leavers and all involved before thirty or so former Gateacre music students appeared from the wings to join the orchestra for an emotionally charged finale of a re-written "Merry Xmas Everybody" and "Hey Jude" in tribute to departing Head of Music Mr. Jones who is retiring after 32 years at Gateacre. There wasn't a dry eye in the house as Mr. Jones took up the baton and the audience sang along, waving their "Na na na" placards; a fitting end to a wonderful concert.