Primaries Join Boys in Celebration of Music
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Local schoolchildren from nearby primary schools, Eagley Junior School and St Brendan's RC Primary, joined the pupils of Bolton School to produce a sensational Boys' Division Autumn Concert.
They were the 25th and 26th local primary schools to take part in the annual concert. The Year 6 pupils and their teachers put in a lot of hard work in preparation for the big night and Director of Music in the Boys' Division, Mr Stephen Martin, praised them for their efforts, saying: "It is always a pleasure to work with such enthusiastic children and all the pupils in these two schools are clearly inspired by their teachers. A huge well done to all the children singing here tonight - I'm sure you have made the audience proud". They joined Bolton School Year 8 boys and a number of soloists from Years 8-13 in producing an upbeat grand finale to the evening - a Beatles Medley, which included Hard Day's Night, All You Need is Love, Yellow Submarine, When I'm Sixty Four, and Hey Jude - complete with dimmed lights and waving light sticks.
As is the tradition of concerts at Bolton School, the evening provided a wide spectrum of styles and genres of music in a wonderful celebration, highlighting the outstanding musical talents and vocal skills of our pupils. Hundreds of boys took part in the evening and they were ably assisted by Bolton School girls who performed with them in a variety of joint bands.
It was standing room only for the audience, whose feet had been tapping from the start of the evening, when the School's Samba Band and Joint Concert Band opened the proceedings, followed by the Brass Group who gave an impressive rendition of Handel's See the Conquering Hero and Perrin's Fitzroy Blues. Next the Percussion Ensemble took centre stage to perform an interpretation of Lady Gaga's Paparazzi and the Can Can using plastic tubes, their bodies and the floor! The Advanced Guitar Group were next to captivate the audience with a lively rendition of David Smith's Bossa Espagnola, which was followed up by a stunning Organ solo by Year 10 pupil Andrew Clelland. The Jazz Band had everyone swinging through their performances of Scott Ragsdale's City Dock and Craig Skeffington's Trofeo de Bolos, and the evening ended with the Beatles Medley which brought the house down!