Last virtual concert of school term wows audience

The Senior Vocal group singing You Will Be Found as it was streamed live to an appreciative audience

By Mikey Wilson

Another year, another fantastically entertaining Summer Splash concert at Bolingbroke. While the situation may be very different from last year, the high standard of musicianship remained very much the same. This year’s concert was the most recent of many successful virtual events we have held on Microsoft Teams since lockdown was announced in March, and was again testament to the hard work of both the pupils and teachers. 

The concert kicked off with an original composition from Eliza Michel Finch called Hurting Me Inside, which played the audience in as they joined the concert stream - a perfect exhibition of the musical talent of one of our youngest Music Scholars. Eliza also performed the first piece of the concert (You’ve Got a Friend in Me), after the Senior band’s pre-recorded performance of  Gonna Fly Now” from Rocky, expertly put together by brass tutor Mr Alexander. 

This was followed by a stunning performance of Whitney Houston’s  Saving All My Love For You by Megan Rowland which held the audience spellbound. Glen Trevis’ arrangement of  The Final Countdown later on in the show (featuring green screen videos from various pupils and members of staff) demonstrated his fantastic editing skills and was succeeded by Senior Vocal Group’s pre-recorded performance on You Will Be Found from Dear Evan Hansen, edited by Ms Kirby-Ashmore. The afternoon concluded in the best way possible with the Scholars & Apprentices presenting a music video of  Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves, which was arranged and pieced together by Ms Breckon, whose determination and imagination has been central to every single one of the concerts we have held during lockdown. 

Thanks must go to all of our wonderful music tutors, many of whom have produced videos for us all to enjoy in the various concerts we have had recently. None of what has been achieved in the last few months would have been possible without any of them. Credit must also to to all of the pupils who have performed in our lockdown concerts, practicing their instruments and honing their skills throughout this period even when it seemed there was no end in sight.