Swing in to Summer

Friday 16 July 2021

Despite Covid trying to ruin our plans AGAIN, we were determined to make the show go on. While we had many of our talented musicians isolating, we still managed to pull together a fantastic summer concert for everyone to enjoy virtually.

The show kicked off with Senior Band’s thrilling performance of Peter Gun organised and arranged by our wonderful brass tutor Mr Alexander. The Year 7 and 8 Bolingbroke Choir wowed our audience with Benjamin Britten’s The Ride-By-Nights and Mack Gordons Chattanooga Choo Choo. It never fails to blow my mind how much young talent we have at Bolingbroke! Our amazing violin tutor Ms Sawyer directed our very first Bolingbroke Folk group and they really blew us away with the remarkable work they’ve been doing showcasing the traditional Irish tune Cooley’s Reel and Jay Ungar’s Ashokan Farewell. The fabulous Year 10 Music Scholars and Apprentices lit up the room with a performance of Livin’ Thing by the Electric Light Orchestra. All our lovely Scholars and Apprentices were joined by some of our talented Bolingbroke staff for a breath-taking performance of Toto’s Africa, which we had been saving all year to do in the summer concert and it was well worth the wait!

Due to Covid restrictions we were unable to put on our annual school musical this year. However, we couldn’t let anyone go without some musical madness so we brought back an absolute musical theatre and Bolingbroke classic You Can’t Stop The Beat from Hairspray. Our mini cast and show band met every Thursday to prepare for this wonderful performance that ended our concert with a bang. Shout out to Ms Murphy for stepping in to play the character of Link and Wilber in our acting scene!

One of my personal favourites from the concert was the year 11’s rendition of Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered, with Oriah Sackey and Jaynie King blowing us away with their beautiful vocals and our incredible muso Bella Grimsey accompanying them on the piano. This performance really had everyone on the edge of their seats with a smile on their faces and I’m sure everyone at home was singing and dancing along with them – a real talented bunch!

A MASSIVE thank you to all the music tutors and staff who stood in last minute to play without hesitation for all the pupils who couldn’t be there. Without them we wouldn’t have been able to put on the unbelievable show that we did and that is a real reflection on how resilient and determined our music team are. We look forward to putting on so many more amazing concerts next year and hopefully having a real life audience to celebrate and enjoy all our musical talent!