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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 windy evening. 

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 cello. 

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 Every Day.” 

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