Music Showcase

Published on 27 June 2016

Music Showcase

The music department has been teeming with   marvellous musical merrymaking and mirth over the last few weeks and has seen countless top quality performances from our talented and dedicated students.

Our music assemblies have been well received and have given our new Year 10s a fantastic platform to get used to performing in front of their peers. Lilly Holloway-McClean, Katherine Reilly, Cameo  Williams and Kerry Sawyerhave given some fantastic performances and we very much look forward to hearing their GCSE performances and compositions.

The Year 11 showcase saw many of our gifted   musicians perform at their best. One of the many highlights was ‘Dave Grohl through time’ by Rowan Ford, Jack Dennis and Jarrod Bambrook.  The show of Elysia Atkins, Rebecca Lindsay and Chloe Stringer was also outstanding.  Well done to all of the Year 11 students who performed.

‘LDN – From busking to breakthrough’ was a concept show put together by our Year 12 students, Fionn Kirk, Chloe Benning, Niamh Jones, Jade Grosse and Anna Wright, that took inspiration from London artists who worked their way from  musical obscurity to mainstream success. The group created fantastic new arrangements of songs from Amy Winehouse, Ed Sheeran, Adele and Corinne Bailey Rae amongst others. A huge thank you to Alex Hewett (viola) and Catherine Purkiss (tenor horn) for performing with the group on the song, ‘Somewhere Only We Know’. The theatre was packed, the tracks were stacked and students excelled – fact.

‘Vandaland’ was the final show from our Year 13 students Harry Lowther, Naomi Marrone, Georgia McElwee, Chloe Ryan and Will Thomson which took the non-musical stimulus of ‘Banksy’s’ artworks as the starting point for their show. The production was truly stunning and displayed complete control of all aesthetic and musical factors which came together for a rip roaring evening of music and mirth.  A big thank you to Harvey Kemp and Luke Elwood who stepped in on bass and  electric guitar to assist the band. Each of the students has their own website (see the links page on the departmental site) which is well worth a look, as these students will go far in the future. Remember, you saw them at Vandyke first! Great work guys, you did yourself proud.

Huge thanks go to Paul for all of his help with the stage design and lighting and to everyone who gave a helping hand. If you were unable to make any of the events then fret not, you can see all of the shows on our website for free. Check them out at but next time…you really should come along. Support your local live music scene!


Mr Edwards

Team Leader of Music