Chester Festival of Performing Arts
25 April 2016
This is the fourth year we have taken part in the Chester Festival of Performing Arts, a competition open to schools and music groups from all over the North West and North Wales.
Our programme consisted of 'Super Trouper', 'My heart will go on', 'Tragedy' and 'The Bare Necessities'. We played to a packed hall at The Kings School, Chester, where the competition was held. Overall, we came second in our section, with the adjudicator commenting on our 'great sense of ensemble'.
The students were amazing, not only in their performance but also in their stagecraft and organisation. Before and after the performance, music was sorted, instruments were tuned, drums were carried from the minibus to the practise room, to the hall and back to the minibus for Mr Hill to store, without a single incident which is no mean feat!
A special mention must go to Iona Molyneux Townshend who usually plays first clarinet. On Saturday, our drummer Chloe Parkes was ill and could not attend so with only minutes notice, Iona stepped in and performed the drum kit part- we even had to borrow drum sticks from another school as she did not have hers with her as obviously she was expecting to play clarinet.
Her playing was faultless and she got us out of a difficult situation in a calm, confident manner.
All our practise and hard work paid off so well done to all the band members who attended on Saturday and played so well: Iona Molyneux Townshend, Charlotte Judd Lowthorpe, Alyssa Connelly, Jessica Scott, Damien Long, Selina Houghton, Thomas Murphy, Sonny Hall, Jodie Hitchmough and James Clayton (whose birthday it was-that's real dedication). Also thanks to Mr Deakin, Mr Chadwick, Mrs Gifford and Mr Hill.