Jazz band and choir get everyone in the mood!
The jazz band and combined choirs had everyone at the Station tapping their toes and singing along as they performed some fantastic wartime numbers on Sunday. Visitors and diners really enjoyed the two sets which the students performed on the mezzanine and everyone appreciated the wonderful acoustics of the beautiful building.
We are pleased to share some recordings from the groups which he hope capture the atmosphere of the day and the talent of our young musicians – you can enjoy their performances HERE.
The whole day was a great success. There were local enactors dressed up in 1940s outfits, including Jack Riddlestone in Year 11, as well as wartime memorabilia stalls and vintage jeeps. Thank you to Jim Pyrah, from Leyburn Band, who played the Last Post and Reveille at 11:00 when everyone observed the two-minute silence.
On Friday and Saturday evenings a number of our students performed in the sell-out performances of ‘The Station Master’ – we have heard such amazing reports of this show which the audience enjoyed whilst eating a fabulous meal at the Station Café. The dancers were choreographed by Charlotte Porter and the singers directed by Sophie Montgomery – it is fabulous to see our former students giving so much back to our community and nurturing the talent of the next generation of dancers and singers. Sophie also entertained visitors to The Station on Saturday when she sang a selection of wartime songs.
The event was part of the Richmond 950 celebrations. Huge thanks to the staff at The Station for organising such a terrific weekend, especially Jenny, the events manager, who has worked tirelessly to co-ordinate all the arrangements. Special thanks to Mr Boyd and Mrs Noble for giving up their time to enable the students to enjoy this great performance opportunity in the community, and to Mr Millman for leading the jazz band in rehearsals. Last, but by no means least, an enormous thank you to our students who sang and played their hearts out.