Beating the Winter Chill
Hethersett High School warmed the hearts of all those
in St Remigius Parish Church with a Christmas concert on a cold, wet and
The joy inside the church acted as the perfect foil
for the bleakness outside with pupils displaying their musical skills as
part of what Head of Music Dave Brook described as “part of their
life’s musical journey.”
The concert was a mix of traditional Christmas fare
interlaced with resounding pounding from the drum club and even a medley
of Harry Potter music.
“We are very fortunate to have some outstanding
musical talent at the school and the students are to be congratulated for
their dedication and enthusiasm in creating events such as the Christmas
concert for students, staff, parents and the overall community to
enjoy,” Mr Brook said.
He praised the links set up during the year between
the school and the community which included a partnership with Norfolk
Concerts, a charity based in Hethersett, which supports music in local
schools by arranging for professional musicians from Europe and North
America to visit and coach students.
In addition the High School also gave performances to
local infant and junior schools during the year and this Christmas will be
reprising some of the music from the concert at Mulbarton Infant and
Hethersett Junior Schools.
The concert opened with the wind band and audience
joining together for "Once in Royal David’s City" and the
first half continued with the wind band’s interpretation of Franz
Liszt’s "Old Christmas Carol" and the traditional “The
Virgin Mary.” The Choir performed “Gaudete” a medieval piece that
many years ago was made so popular by folk group Steeleye Span. The
Woodwind Ensemble presented a "Christmas Potpourri" by Jan van
der Goot, Emily Latoy played Schumann’s "Fantasiestucke" on
the clarinet and the first half concluded with the Wind Band’s medley
from Harry Potter.
The Drum Club opened the second half with “Drum
Funk” before the Jazz Band and audience combined in "Joy to the
World." Ella Cooper, Ellie Tate and Simonique Grant read
"Talking Turkeys" by Benjamin Zephaniah and Chloe Peterson
performed Bach’s "Prelude from Suite No 1 in G Major" on the
The Chamber Orchestra performed "Hallelujah"
from Handel’s Messiah along with “Tambourim" and the Drummers
produced one of the highlights of the evening with their original
composition “Bish Bosh.” The evening concluded with everyone joining
in with Roy Wood’s perennial favourite “I Wish It Could Be Christmas
Refreshments at the interval were provided by
students and parents and a retiring collection will go towards purchasing
new instruments and music for the students.
Students taking part were: Josh Davis, Rob Stocks,
Tim Lee, Heather Pullin, Ben Callis, Jacob Stirling, Marcus Potter,
Mercedez Butler, Josh Warnes, Matt Argyle, Liberty Crane, Esther Jones,
Olivia Burrows, Emma Bond, Annabel Kimberley, Chloe Peterson, Heather
Kelly, Joe Smalls, Rosie Watts, Harry Sandford, Helen Corina, Keyleigh
Standley, Edward Betteridge, Scarlett Dell Cronin, Will Houlihan, Harry
Simons, Joanne Reed, Cameron Grier, Edmund Moylan, Leonie Reintjes,
Emmerson Snelling, Callum Holyer, Eva Gordon, Emily Latoy, Maria Atkin,
Aaron Browne, Amy Wright, Abi Armstrong, Emma Lincoln, Lauren Culling,
Nicole Delaiche, Rosa de la Pena-Edgar, Vanessa Jimoh, Toby Moore, Zoe
Eastwood, Lown Davies, Daniel Kemp, Eloise Pember, Ella Jennings, Ruby
Hutchings-Perkins, Martha Frosdick, Aaron Jones, Alfie Payne, Joe
Kirkendall, Ellie Wilson, Charlotte Bond, James Peterson, Ella Cooper,
Eleanor Tate, Simonique Grant.
Staff and Visitors – Mr D. Brook, Mrs D. Stenton,
Mrs A. Burdett, Mrs C. Peterson, Mrs A. Smith, Mr P. Davies, Miss B.
Collins, Dr J. Ford, Mr N. Cook, Mrs J. Jones, Mr K. Davis.
Administration and Programme Design – Mrs A. Rance