Audience members at the Glyn School’s Creative Arts evening had a surprise the other week when the event’s guest of honour revealed previously hidden musical talents.
Councillor George Crawford, the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, was so inspired by what he saw and heard of the school’s artwork, photography, music and drama that when the school Ukulele Band took to the stage, having brought along his own instrument, he got up and joined in.
“The creative arts evening is a great showcase for the wonderful work done by our pupils throughout the year, so it’s something the whole school really looks forward to, said Dr Ros Couchman, Glyn’s head of music.
“As well as all the music, drama and art on display, even the evening’s food is made by the school’s GCSE catering students, so it’s a very big deal. We were delighted that the Mayor and Mayoress could be part of it – and hugely surprised when he decided to get up on stage and join in with the band playing Eight Days a Week by The Beatles.”
After his own guest performance on stage, the Mayor returned to the podium for his speech, where he praised pupils for their ‘sheer guts in putting themselves on the line in front of so many people’.
The event was one of the high points of the term at Glyn School, one of the founder members of the GLF multi-academy trust, which runs more than a dozen schools across the south east of England.
“As soon as he got home, the Mayor sent a tweet about the evening and he sent the school a message of thanks afterwards,” said Dr Couchman. “It’s so wonderful to know that he appreciated the pupils’ efforts so much – and what he did made the evening even more memorable for them and everyone else who was there on the night.”
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