Our Easter Concert on Wednesday 9th March was a wonderful mixture of school music groups with pupils from Years 7 to 13. The Senior Wind Band started the evening with two pieces they were entering in the Music for Youth Regional Finals at Rochdale Town Hall later in March. Director, Mr Meaden, and the audience seemed very pleased with the standard they had already achieved.
Adam Kelly of Year 12 then played a lovely piano solo, and this was followed by Mr Housley’s Guitar Group playing a “Penguin Café Orchestra” composition.
As so many of our musicians were in “The Little Shop of Horrors” earlier this term, it was only fitting that two of the songs were reprised at the concert. They brought back great memories of the fantastic comedy horror rock musical.
The Senior Orchestra is also taking part in the MFY at Rochdale and they played two of their pieces to very high standard conducted by Mrs Nixon.
The Massed Choirs of Crompton House then filled the stage with two pieces they had previously sung at the Mrs Sunderland Festival in Huddersfield Town Hall. Not only did they sing well, but they also demonstrated excellent choreography. Not easy in a choir of over one hundred.
The Training Band always shows what talent we have coming through the school, and they didn’t disappoint– a good sign for the future of our senior bands. The band was conducted by Miss Warburton.
Mr Leedale directed the Brass Band in their two pieces and if they play to that standard at Rochdale, we will be very proud of them.
The evening finished with “The Best day of My Life” by all the school’s musicians, and as the pictures above show, they were stationed all round the hall, giving the audience a real “sound-surround” experience.
It was another very successful evening for our wonderfully talented and hard-working pupils and staff.
Many thanks to Mrs Nixon and Miss Warburton, who have worked so hard with the groups, so soon after “The Little Shop of Horrors”, and to Mr Meaden, Mr Leedale and Mr and Mrs Housley from the Oldham Music Centre. We are also very grateful to our Sixth Form Music Prefects who worked hard with the staff to ensure the smooth running of the concert and with the running of the groups.