Virtual open mic concert entertains stay at home audience during lockdown

Some of our young musicians performing at home during the recent virtual open-mic concert

By Mikey Wilson

Bolingbroke Academy recently hosted a virtual open-mic concert, the second to be held remotely, and the first of its type.  22 of our pupils performed solo pieces for us all to enjoy, as the floor was opened to all of Bolingbroke’s musicians, not just the Scholars and Apprentices, once again lifting the spirits of all who watched.

The concert began with a beautiful rendition of the theme from ‘Up’, performed brilliantly by Tanisha Addicott with another appearance from her younger sister Zara. We had a plethora of performances on the ukulele, and Jaynie King’s rendition of ‘I Think I Kinda, You Know’ by Olivia Rodrigo was one in particular which stuck in the minds of the audience. There was also more evidence of Finn Morgan-Murrell’s songwriting talent, as he performed another of his own pieces.

The highlight of the concert came in the form of a brilliantly put-together version of ‘Hey Jude’, with Ms Breckon’s opening lyrics ‘Hey you, don’t go outside’ setting the tone for a fantastic parody. The piece was performed not only by all of our Scholars and Apprentices, but also a number of our teaching staff, which came as a surprise to everyone in the audience. Bolingbroke’s version of ‘Hey Jude’ is now available as a video on the Bolingbroke Music YouTube channel with almost 4,000 views!

Thanks must go to all parents and tutors who have pushed their children and pupils to keep practicing their instruments in these testing times, and of course Ms Breckon, who arranged and put together not only ‘Hey Jude’ but also the concert in its entirety. None of it would have been possible without any of you!