Academy hosts annual summer concert for parents and friends

Academy hosts annual summer concert for parents and friends

23th July 2014


YOUNGmusicians have demonstrated their talents at an evening of mellow summer music.

The King's Academy hosted its annual summer concert for parents and friends, with some of the players performing on stage for the first time.

The show opened with the principal actors from the academy's production of Singin' in the Rain - Kirsty Gosnay, Anton Blackburn and Alex Connolly-Marsh - performing the classic song Good Morning, followed later by the multi talented Rebekah Ruddick with the Lina Lamont number What's Wrong with Me.

Hannah Scott performed a vocal solo of I Dreamed a Dream while trombonist Joseph Donnelly teamed up with Zac Dodsworth for a brass duet.

Soloists Emilia Smith on clarinet, Rebekah Ruddick on oboe, Olviya Silvary, Alice Milburn and David Chen on piano performed a range of modern and classical tunes.

 Group performances came from the string ensemble, the ukulele and guitar group and a finale medley with all the performers.

Performing arts teacher, music specialist and show director Eleanor Walker, who also played saxophone in a staff jazz quartet, said: "The annual summer concert is something our musicians work towards throughout the year but those playing ukulele only started at Christmas, so they've done extremely well."

Academy principal Chris Drew added: "It's very daunting for young musicians, some of whom only began learning their instrument a few months ago, to play in front of a large audience. Not only did they manage to control their nerves but they also showed what a lot of talent we have in the academy which seems to get better year after year."

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