Spring is in the air as students showcase their musical talents

Students performed musical classics and unique compositions at the school’s annual Spring Concert. The event embraced the theme of New Beginnings with spring flowers made by students showing solidarity for the people of Ukraine. The evening saw a huge range of ensembles, choirs, soloists and orchestras bring music, drama and vocals to a live audience.

Organised by the Music faculty, the Spring Concert is a celebration of music in all its forms. The whole school joined forces, from younger years to GCSE, A Level and BTEC students. There were also performances from recent shows, Battle of the Bands and School of Rock.

A range of choirs and groups gave rousing renditions of much-loved songs, from ‘Happy’ to ‘Pompeii’, ‘Mamma Mia’ to ‘Never Enough’. Ensembles varied from strings to saxophones, flutes to ukuleles to a fully-fledged jazz band. Soloists included Tess Eastaugh on trombone and Madeleine Roe on violin.

The night also saw years 7 to 9 display their drama skills, acting out comic scenes from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The group were fresh from a trip to Harewood House, where they had enjoyed workshops and formed new groups as a result.

Stunning solo vocals came courtesy of our senior year students. Lucy Hargreaves sang ‘Where Did the Rock Go?’ and ‘If I Ain’t Got You’, Year 13’s Henry sang ‘Gravity’ plus Amelie from Year 12 performed a haunting cover of ‘No Time to Die’. Two students, Elisia Spears and Mia Felstead, sang beautiful songs in French, while the duo Sonorous sang acapella. Ollie Henderson sang ‘Fire in Me’, his own composition.

Mrs Charlie Gregory, Programme Leader of Music, performed and compered the night, “The Spring Concert was fantastic,” she said. “I’m so proud of each and every one of the students who performed. The sheer breadth of talent we have here is incredible and it’s wonderful to see them develop their skills and confidence as they move up the years. They have all worked really hard to put on this joyous event. Huge thanks also to our Music staff, peripatetic teachers, tech crew and all those staff who helped to make the night a success.”

Neil Renton, Headteacher, said, “The Spring Concert is such an uplifting celebration and brings together highly talented students from all years. Everyone is so composed on stage and also really supportive of each other, which is lovely to see. Their passion for music and drama really shines through.”

Harrogate Grammar school has a thriving music department with numerous opportunities for students to get involved and develop their skills. They can form their own band or join an ensemble, and become part of choirs, orchestras and jazz bands.