This year`s Spotlight show, organised by Year 11 BTEC Music students, was a tremendous success with more variety of acts than ever before. The massed guitar club players got the evening off with a bang looking super cool playing with the Rushey Blues Brothers band; with very special mention for Fatima and Suneet from the Orchestra who played with the Brass section on two numbers.
I was particularly proud to introduce Mr Parmar and his Year 7 Tabla group as this has been a personal ambition to bring more Indian music into the school. The boys have studied hard and showed great discipline going through 28 increasingly technical patterns. They were followed by Rushil from Year 11 who is a more advanced Tabla player and showed us his skills.
Rushey Orchestra Scholars made appearances as the Flute group, The String ensemble and also with two superb solo violin pieces by Kurren and Anjali.
The Year 10 bands made a great first appearance with three songs that got the audience going; as well as some great impromptu jokes by a very confident performer, Usman, when a guitar needed tuning! What a pro!
Particularly pleasing however has been the wonderful progression by Jabriil Nur in all aspects of performance over the last two years he is a natural musician.
The outstanding part of the night for me was Shivam Vadher`s wonderful atmospheric performance of Beethoven`s Moonlight Sonata….. Shivam is an outstanding example of what having a Growth Mind-set can help you achieve. He has learned this piece with very little prior experience on piano… a wonderful achievement. This has been with the help of our excellent piano teacher Andy Price who has also worked superbly with Jabriil. This particularly successful evening finished off with a couple of rousing songs by the year 11 bands who left the generous and appreciative audience to great applause. Mr Bacon. Lead Teacher of Music