Summer Celebration, 27th May 2017

The final day of the first Summer half term was the perfect occasion to celebrate achievements by all of Millfield’s students, not just musicians, but music was a central part of the whole day. A different format to the Parents’ Day of former years, co-curricular activities took centre stage – quite literally, as the Tennis Centre boasted a temporary T-shaped stage that put performers well and truly in the spotlight.

In the two prize-giving ceremonies, music was a key ingredient. The first ceremony, honouring Years 9 to Lower Sixth, began with Camerata performing Lux Aurumque, which transformed in the unique acoustic of the Tennis Centre. Mid-way through the ceremony, Jazz Band took to the stage to perform the classic ‘Feelin’ Good’, with Will Watson taking the solo vocal role. Finally, to close the ceremony, Florence Lunnon reprised her show-stealing turn as Carmen from the Concerto Concert, with the famous ‘Habanera’ accompanied by string quartet and Camerata as the chorus.

Later that day, in the ceremony honouring Upper Sixth, Camerata pulled off another stunning performance of Lux Aurumque to begin proceedings. Previous Head of School Alex Dawkins then demonstrated his great musical talent with a hauntingly beautiful rendition of the main theme from ‘Schindler’s List’, accompanied by string quartet. And to conclude a wonderful day, Augmented 6ths rounded things off nicely with Christina Perri’s smash-hit ‘A Thousand Years’.

But, music was not just confined to the prize-giving. Resident band The Croziers were centre of attention in the grounds, as they played from their own marquee in the busiest part of the campus. With a set of over an hour, The Croziers pulled off songs from all kinds of artists, from Bruno Mars to Guns and Roses, and did so with such professionalism and style. The band were a credit to the Music Department and to the growing popular music scene of the school, showing just how good a student band could be.

The Summer Celebration was a great success for the Music Department: parents and students alike got to see the breadth of musical talent that is cultivated here, and the performing students really did themselves proud. The whole event rounded off the half term in style – but don’t forget that there is still more to come this half term, so keep an eye on the Diary of Events.

Prizewinners:

  • Year 9 – Annabella Dawkins (Co-Curricular)
  • Year 10 – Hannah Parry (Academic), Eloise Littman (Co-Curricular)
  • Year 11 – Isabelle Barber (Academic), Elenice Andrews (Co-Curricular)
  • Year 12 – Isaac Hughes (Academic and Co-Curricular)
  • Year 13 – Eleanor Abercromby (Academic), Nikos Maridis (Co-Curricular)
  • Services to Music – Alex Dawkins

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