Young musical talent was given its chance to shine at the Glyn School in Ewell recently as the school’s annual Spring Concert took place in the Proctor Hall.
A wide variety of musical groups and styles were represented, with everything from African drumming groups to a brass band appearing on the programme, overseen by the school’s new Head of Music Dr Ros Couchman.
Highlights included the String Orchestra’s performance of the Jig from Gustav Holst’s St Paul’s Suite, and the Pop Choir’s rendition of pieces including Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’, with Jamie Longcake’s guitar solo being particularly impressive.
Other stand out moments included the Hawaii Five-O theme played by the Djembe Drumming Group, the ever-popular Ukulele Group, and the Sixth Form Vocal Group. “That was particularly impressive,” said Dr Couchman, who took over as the school’s musical supremo at the start of the year, “as three years ago there wasn’t a group specifically for the Sixth Form and it’s now up to 25 members”.
Other groups taking part in the evening included the Concert Band, the Saxophone Quintet and the String Orchestra, as Glyn showed off the full range of its musical opportunities for pupils.
Glyn is one of the founder members of the GLF Schools group, which runs over a dozen schools across the south east of England, and Dr Couchman said she was already preparing for the music department’s next big event – the GLF Music Festival at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls in the summer term.
“This was a wonderful evening which showcased just how much musical talent we have here at Glyn,” she said. “Everyone who was part of it enjoyed it immensely, and should take real pride in their work. Once again, the huge array of musical talent at Glyn was clear to see and hear; the evening was enjoyed immensely by all who attended it, and students are already looking forward to performing again at the Creative Arts Evening and GLF Music Festival in the summer term”.
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