The Hampden Hall came alive on Thursday evening to a phantasmagoria of lights, smoke and some scintillating music for our inaugural Rock and Pop concert.

Last term saw over 70 pupils audition for a place in one of the three newly-formed school bands that have been tutored by Jamie McCredie, one of our peripatetic guitar teachers. The three bands performed pieces such as ‘Shotgun’ by George Ezra, ‘Get Lucky’ by Pharrell Williams and Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’. Within the gig were stunning performances by George Pilling, Katy Pilling and Joe Lumsden (‘Sunshine of your love’ and ‘Purple Haze’) and solo spots by Annabel Rumble (‘Someone like you’), Mariela Brown (‘She used to be mine’), Bluebell Freeman (‘She’s always a woman’) and Livi Liu (‘Tears dry on their own’).

The pupils should be congratulated on their superlative performances and we look forward to the next event, which is a gig at the famous Half Moon Pub in Putney on Saturday 28 March. I should like to thank Amanda Kerstein, Orla Thorne, Gary Dibden and Luke Bligh for their astonishing hard work in organising the lighting and sound.

Mr Janz (Director of Music)