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It's a Crazy, Crazy, Crazy Night

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Bolton School Boys' Division rocked the great hall with a sensational Summer Concert, culminating in a rock medley involving the whole of Year 7.

The evening opened with the Joint Senior Concert band who took centre stage to perform 'Symphonic Suite' from Star Trek and J S Bach's 'Toccata', followed by a vocal solo of George and Ira Gershwin's 'It Ain't Necessarily So' from Sixth Form pupil Duncan Peel.

The Brass Group were next to captivate the audience with their foot tapping rendition of 'The Bare Necessities' and throughout the evening there were performances from several of the 33 ensembles that rehearse each week at the School. These included the Percussion Ensemble, the Joint Junior Concert Band, and the Advanced Guitar Group. The Joint Jazz band, who performed last summer at the Montreal Jazz festival, had everyone swinging through their renditions of 'The Mask of the Chilli Pepper' and 'The Bad Tempered Clavier'.

Year 9 pupil Joe Keegan who was named Junior Young Musician of the Year 2011, gave a stunning solo performance of Elton John's 'Your Song' and a Year 10 Vocal Quartet of Alex Greenhalgh, Liam Jenkins, Billy Morrison and Daniel Sharif combined perfectly for Billy Joel's 'The Longest Time'. Senior Young Musician of the Year 2011, Ben Dilworth of Year 13, entranced the audience with a xylophone solo of George Hamilton Green's 'The Whistler'.

The dramatic finale of the evening was the Rock Medley, where the whole of Year 7 joined forces with soloists from Years 8 to 13 to belt out a series of classic rock anthems. 'These are Crazy, Crazy, Crazy Nights' from Kiss, Whitesnake's 'Here I Go Again', Guns and Roses' 'Sweet Child O Mine', Pink Floyd's 'We Don't Need No Education' and Bon Jovi's 'Living On A Prayer' had the audience - particularly the dads - joining in for a final rousing sing-along.

Director of Music in the Boys' Division said: "Although this is a night to say goodbye to some of the school's top performers as they leave our Sixth Form, it also reassuring to see the range of talent on show further down the school who will continue the school's outstanding musical tradition."

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Living on a prayer

Duncan Peel, Year 13, leads the boys through Livin' On a Prayer

Joint Jazz Band

Miss Fiona Berry conducts The Joint Jazz Band

Brass Group

The Brass Group play The Bare Necessities