Bolton Music Brought to Manchester
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Over 700 children, aged 7-18 years, enthralled a sell out audience at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall. The evening was organised and hosted by Bolton School Boys' Division and saw them linking up with eight local primary schools - all of which had worked with the School before.
Over 300 boys and girls from Lostock, Turton and Edgworth, Markland Hill, Belmont, St Andrew's, Egerton, St John's and Walmsley primary schools took turns on the stage of the North-West's premier musical venue; their performances punctuated by pieces from Bolton School's Joint Concert Band, the Senior Guitar Group, the Percussion Ensemble and a stunning virtuoso piano recital from Year 13 student, Ben Smith.
In a colourful and patriotic finale, all 700 pupils and the audience joined voices for stirring renditions of Jerusalem, Amazing Grace, Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory and Auld Lang Syne. They were accompanied by the School Orchestra and a guest appearance by the Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Pipe Band.
Mr Stephen Martin, Head of Music in the Boys' Division said: "It was a wonderful night but fun was also had in the build up and the sharing of experiences. Our students were given a buzz by the sheer enthusiasm of the primary school pupils, who, in turn, were inspired by the talents and abilities of our older boys."