Johnson Sessions 10/06 – The Review

On a warm summer’s evening, a lively crowd descended on the Johnson Hall for the final contemporary showcase of the year; the much anticipated Johnson Sessions. In a packed programme of soloists, duets and groups, Millfield’s musicians presented a fantastic range of genres from rock to pop, metal to indie, and even a little bit of noughties American rap…

It was wonderful to see such a range of year groups represented in the Sessions. Laila, Caity and Sam showcased the talent of our Year 9’s, whilst more experienced performers such as Elenice, Tara, Lena and Paige once again sang at a very high level indeed. Whilst many sang pop and rock covers, Rowan decided to treat us to a performance of Eminem, displaying real skill and energy throughout.

Many of our talented singers also accompanied themselves on piano and guitar, showing considerable control and musicality. Esme and Laura sang beautifully at the piano, Woody gave another fantastic cover on the guitar, whilst Rosie decided to showcase her skills on both throughout the night!

For those who chose to only sing, they were given the pleasure of being accompanied by our superb Head of Keyboard and host of the Johnson Sessions, Mr Boyle. But in Hannah and Laura’s performances, Mr. Boyle went one step further and provided backing vocals for these two experienced performers! It was an excellent collaboration, in which the quality of Hannah and Laura’s vocals really shone through.

The Johnson Sessions is not only a showcase of our musician’s individual skills; as ever, a selection of fine ensembles assembled at the Sessions, ready to rip up the stage once again.

Opening the night was Luca and Alex, who played with impressive rhythm and style. Eloise sang beautifully alongside Will later in the set, before Will was joined by Harvey, Woody and Kim for a fantastic performance of the Joy Division classic ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.

Two more bands closed out the night; the Contemporary Music Society came together for an inaugural performance, with a terrific rendition of ‘Highway Don’t Care’, before The Croziers brought the show to a close with an energetic and powerful REM Medley.

Another superb evening of music, one which for some was their final performances in this setting. Rosie, Lena, Bethan, Laura and Harry were playing and singing in their final Johnson Sessions, and all of them will be greatly missed for their brilliant contributions to the contemporary performances of Millfield Music School.

The Millfield Music School Blog provides a fantastic insight into the musical life of Millfield School – from upcoming performances to concert reviews, insights into the music performed and details of the International Concert Series, keep up to date with everything throughout the year at: www.millfieldmusic.com

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