The late, great Aretha Franklin said that music is “transporting…it can take you right back to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.” This was certainly the case on Thursday 28 April as we hosted our annual Spring Concert in the Croston Theatre.
It was a showcase of the broad talent across the senior school, blended with that unique Westholme togetherness that ensures staff, students, parents, and wider Westholme Family left uplifted, in the knowledge that they had been part of something truly special. Our Music Department put together such a wide array of performances from all genres, which meant that we would move from a rock band into classical piano, from a vibrant Disney choir montage to a powerful orchestral piece by Tchaikovsky. There was certainly something there for everyone and, as Aretha Franklin stated, will have transported our audience back to moments in their lives, evoking meaningful memories which certainly took us all through a range of emotions. The cathartic experience was testament to the quality of the performances by our students and the guidance of all of our music staff.
Under the leadership of Mr Holt and Mrs Lewis, and the wider support of our vocal and instrumental teachers, our choirs, bands, and soloists played out the year to perfection. As the pinnacle of the Westholme musical journey for our Year 13 students, they were certainly in the spotlight, as this would be their final concert at the school before standing down for their A Level examinations. Led by our two Music Captains, Tom and Edward, they each performed spellbinding solo performances that demonstrated the professional expertise they have each reached throughout their time at school.
Here are just a few of the highlights from what proved proved to be a fantastic evening.
Congratulations to everyone involved!
Dr Robson, Principal
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