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Live and loud rock and jazz gig at Hurst

Jazz and Rock Concert

Bands and soloists raised the Music School's roof this week when amps and microphones were switched on for the Jazz and Rock concert.  

The annual gig gave licence for some students to express their inner 'rock chick' or 'guitar hero' through their ever expanding musicianship and vocal talent. 

It was a night jam-packed with big hits. Emily Marples (LVI) sang Use Somebody by the Kings of Leon and Forget You by Cee Lo Green in emphatic fashion, whilst playing the piano. Rosie Zeidler and Jess Hedges followed up with an acoustic version of Coldplay's Fix You.

Jazz and Rock Concert Jazz and Rock ConcertUpper Sixth formers Lucy Allen, Emma McPhilemy, Ollie Bunn and Callum Gibson were one of the stand-out acts of the night when they sang Jason Mraz's I Won't Give Up, Owl City and Carly Rae Jepson's Good Time and Beneath You're Beautiful by Emeli Sande. The harmonies between the four singers were crisply refined and worthy of any recording artists.

Prior to the interval, the newly formed Remove Band brought the audience’s hands together when playing the rock anthems of Metric's Black Sheep and My Chemical Romance's Teenagers.

The concert continued with a mixture of songs old and new. Lewis Barnes covered Please Please Please by The Smiths and Rosie Singleton sang Beyonce's Halo faultlessly.

Jazz and Rock Concert Jazz and Rock Concert

Real Illusions, the College's longest running five piece band, closed the show energetically by playing a short set list of covers and an original composition. Renditions of The Beatles' Come Together and Champagne Supernova by Oasis were professional. The band was cheered back onto the stage to re-play Tenacious D's School of Rock, joined by two Prep School backing singers.

After the show Music Technology teacher and mentor to Hurst's rock bands, Derek Austin, congratulated the performers and crew, saying, "Having the courage to get up on stage in front of everyone lays the groundwork for a vital life skill. Our newest teacher and former pupil, Will Carroll, supported the Music Technology pupils' hard work in putting the sound and lighting together".

"The bands have been working very well with me and their guitar teacher but many of the other performers were totally self-motivated. There were many outstanding vocal performances this year".

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Posted on 16/11/2012