28 Nov

An Evening of Music

On Thursday 27th of November, students from AS and A2 music held an informal performance evening for their family and friends. Shu-Ying Gan and Nicole Placide give their account of the event.

We had decided to have a performance evening because many of the students have not had much performance experience and were very excited to show each other, as well as the audience, their skills and talents. What made it such a wonderful evening was the variety of instruments and styles.  We had classical piano, vocal solo and duets, classical and rock guitar, trumpet, keyboard, drums played in a rock style and reggae played on the steel pans.

To start the evening off we had Josh Dickins on electric guitar playing ‘Little Wing’ by Jimi Hendrix which was played very well and was an excellent opener to our show.  Following Josh in the first half of the show, Shu-Ying Gan from St Richard-Gwyn high school played a piano piece called ‘Canzonetta’ by Frank Bridges. This piece played by Shu-Ying was 2 grades above the required standard for A2. Shu-Ying now currently studies with the Royal Welsh Conservatoires which we are all very proud of.

We had a range of brilliant performances on the drums from Joe Delve, Adi Ndiwe and Josh Andrews. In the second half, Omar Opoku-Addo played ‘Promenade’ by Mussorgsky on keyboard. Diego Perez-Alvarez played ‘Caprice’ by Percy Code on the trumpet. They both played amazingly well and were the only players of their instruments. On the Steel Pans Nicole Placide performed ‘Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley accompanied by her Father, this performance went down well with the crowd.

As well as covers, Wojciech przybylski was able to perform his own composition on the piano. Some of the students showcased some of the pieces that they will be performing for their performance exam in the spring term. Overall the night was a huge success and very enjoyable for both the performers and the audience thanks to our wonderful music teacher Miss York. We all look forward to the next performance which will be at Christmas time for our carol service held in the St David’s College chapel.

- Shu-Ying Gan and Nicole Placide