On Wednesday night we welcomed back audiences to RSD for the Spring Concert in the Assembly Hall. This was the first time we had parents, friends and supporters of the school in the Hall for an event since December 2019! The combination of live music and an appreciative audience, cheering on every performance, made for a magical evening.
Congratulations to all of the pupils who performed at the concert and also to all the backstage crew who looked after sound, lighting and logistics (a special thanks to Niall and Jamie in Year 14 who have done this for many years!). There were a few nerves about with many performers on stage for the first time. Only our oldest pupils had any experience of this kind of evening. Once the music began though you would have thought that they had all been performing to a large audience week in and week out. The standard on the evening was superb and the audience loved it!
As always with RSD Music, we had a great mix of musical styles and something for everyone to enjoy. The Junior, Senior and Chamber Choirs were all in great voice and the RSD Band and Royal Strings played with assurance and style. We had three ensembles pieces of contrasting styles but all equally enjoyable: the Ukulele Group and singers; the Flute Ensemble; and the RSD Rock Band. A special mention to the Rock Band for bringing Led Zeppelin to the RSD stage, pleasing the old rockers in the audience!
The highlight of any concert is of course the performances of the soloists. We were spoiled with a brilliant run of highly talented young people playing and singing their hearts out. Congratulations to them all!
Rebecca Willis’ drum fanfare, The Siege (with glow in the dark drumsticks!)
Grace Wylie singing So in Love
Jorja Wilson singing The Green Fields of France (not a dry eye in the Hall!)
Actin Au – Chopin piano etude
Joshua Thompson – The Pink Panther theme on saxophone
Molly McAlister – Gabriel’s Oboe on oboe
Jamie Creaney – You are the Reason, guitar and vocal
Jamie’s performance so captivated the audience that they wanted another song and he duly performed his own song, You Will Always Be My Life. The spontaneous standing ovation told its own story! Amazing Jamie!
Congratulations to all the RSD pupils and staff involved with the Spring Concert. Lots of staff, teaching and non-teaching alike, were on stage performing alongside the pupils and this is a special element of music in RSD. None of it would have been possible of course without our Music teachers, Ms Clarke and Mr Cuddy. A special thanks to both and congratulations on a fantastic musical evening!