Little Shop of Horrors, Laurence Jackson School production – 2019

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In recent years, Laurence Jackson School (LJS) has gained a well-deserved reputation for producing high-quality musical theatre. This year’s production, Little Shop of Horrors, was no exception.  Under the vision of director Rebecca Fernie, Producer and Musical Director; Jonathan Codling, Assistant Musical Director; Matthew Allan and Choreographer Fiona Shaw audiences were treated to colourful sets, brilliant acting, tight harmonies and slick choreography.

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A Festive End to a Busy Autumn Term: Laurence Jackson School Christmas Concert – 2018

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Over seventy of our young instrumentalists and singers took part in our annual Laurence Jackson School Music Department Christmas Concert on Tuesday night.
This popular local event was attended by friends, family and members of the community who experienced an exceptional night of festive favourites and pieces students had been working on since September. This year we were excited to welcome back Opera Australia’s Eddie Muliau and Sarah Sweeting who performed a spellbinding rendition of All I Ask Of You from Phantom of the Opera. During the previous week Sarah and Eddie were in school delivering an inspirational workshop to our choir and as always we were very grateful for their excellent contribution.

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We were also joined by some of our ex-students now studying A-Level Music at Prior Pursglove College, who provided a brass trio (a must at Christmas!) and a wonderful piano solo (Beethoven’s Pathetique, Movement II) from Jack T.  Jack left us at the end of last year having achieved a Grade 9 in his GCSE music exam and it was great to welcome him back.

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Summer Production 2018: Standing Ovations for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

This year’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which played to packed houses, was simply outstanding. The cast which included students from all year groups delivered two performances of the smash hit musical by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

The lead roles, Belle and The Beast were played by Anna, Y9 and Scott, Y11 (below). Both delivered moving performances especially with their solos Home and If I Can’t Love Her.

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They were supported by an extremely strong cast of talented principals. The dastardly Gaston and his sidekick Lefou (played brilliantly by Carl and Zach, Year 11) were joined by Noah, Year 9, who gave a great performance as the sinister Monsieur D’arque.

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The Beast’s enchanted household of Lumiere (George, Year 8), Cogsworth (Ewan, Year 10), the superb Madame De La Grande Bouche (Aimee, Year 8), Babette (Caitlin, Year 9) and Chip (Emily, Year 8), delighted audiences with their humorous interpretation of the roles. The title song Beauty and the Beast was beautifully performed by Ellie (Year 8), who gave a wonderful performance as Mrs Potts. Other high quality performances were given by Luke (Year 8) as Belle’s father and Bryony (Year 10) who delivered an atmospheric introduction to the story as the Narrator.

The show was underpinned by a superb chorus who performed musically challenging set pieces such as Be Our Guest combined with polished choreography and excellent characterisation. The hours of work students had put in to create the show certainly paid off with standing ovations on both nights.

“The show was fantastic, everyone involved was amazing – they all did an incredible job.”    Nick Coleman (visiting sound technician)

As always the project brought together a wide range of disciplines in the arts and was supported by a large team of staff. The core production team, Mr Codling, Mr Allan, Miss Dunford, Miss Shaw and Mrs Allen would like to thank the many students and staff who were involved in creating this fantastic five-star performance.

Well done!

 

Laurence Jackson School Christmas Concert 2017

 

Christmas Concert 3On Tuesday night the Music Department proudly presented the annual Laurence Jackson School Christmas Concert 2017. This year the event was attended by over two hundred visitors who gathered in the new school hall to experience seasonal music and mince pies in a wonderful end to the autumn term. As always there were some fantastic solos – a Chopin Nocturne presented by Year 11 student Jack, followed by the Stage Band debut of Harrison in Year 7 (pictured below), who played the lead saxophone solo in Careless Whisper. A lovely festive solo was provided by Anna in Year 9 who sung the classic Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, together with many other seasonal favourites performed by our impressive Singing Shed groups.

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A polished and humorous performance of Baby it’s Cold Outside was provided by Y11 students Scott and Katie (pictured below) whilst the orchestra performed a number of festive items including an atmospheric rendition of The Snowman.

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Our Stage Band, which included many new students, rounded the concert off brilliantly with All I Want for Christmas is You (a real crowd-pleaser!) and the Laurence Jackson School 4-part Choir continues to develop their challenging repertoire, presenting a spine-tingling performance of Adiemus by Karl Jenkins.

A big thank you to all of the students who took part and the many staff (including our instrumental teaching staff) who supported this event. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from Laurence Jackson School Music Department.

The next Laurence Jackson School Music Department concert will take place on Tuesday 27th March 2018, 7pm. Tickets (£3.50) will be available from the finance office two weeks before the event.