What a lovely way to start the festival season with our Summer Soiree on Thursday 6th June. A thank you to Muse for the warm up the day before at Ashton Gate, and feeling like we were preparing for Glastonbury with the Spice Girls playing the following Monday it was a great week of celebrating the musical talent we have here at Ashton Park.
It was lovely to welcome back Handfuls of Harmony the community choir which started their life here at the school several years ago and have just grown from strength to strength. Handfuls of Harmony is made up of parents, staff from schools in the Gate House Trust and people from the community who have developed a love of singing. They sang a range of songs and kicked the night off in style.
We the audience, were treated to an absolute cracker of a night with several solo singers, original pieces of music composed by our pupils and rocked out at the end to up and coming rock duo ‘Hitchhiker’s Thumb’. Again with original songs written by them.
Our wonderful singing teacher Katie came in and the girls she has been working with sang Rose. Nia, Grace and Lola have developed their singing so much and the confidence has certainly grown since ‘The Moon Soiree’ of last year.
A definite highlight was our very own Rocket man Malachy who performed an improvised piece on the piano, this was defiantly a show stopper!
Several of the GCSE Music students played pieces they have been working on for their course and the talent was mind-blowing. I know some were quite nervous but they absolutely blew the crowd away with their amazing piano skills.
We had several solo singers mainly from Year 7 which I have total admiration for, they got up on stage by themselves and sang wonderfully. Lola sang a great song from Heathers the Musical, it was like having our very own episode of Riverdale right here in Ashton. We also had several duets singing accompanied by ukuleles. This felt like being back at Woodstock (I imagine!). Then Zoe singing Adele stole the hearts of the crowds.
Our headlining act ‘Hitchhiker’s Thumb’ absolutely stole the show. Adam and William make up the rock duo. They played three songs, ‘20p Tony’ which is their own song followed by two covers ‘Dammit’ by Blink 182 and ‘She’ by Green Day. This left the crowd up on their feet rocking out before heading home. Well, Miss Johnstone and Kiera’s little brother were certainly rocking it!
We have some extremely talented young people and Mr Britton and I are looking forward to building on this in the Performing Arts Faculty next year.