Young musicians’ summer concert

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Talented students have showcased their musical skills to friends and family as part of a special summer concert.

Students from Bede Academy performed a varied programme ranging from John Williams classics to James Bond as part of the showcase.

Clarinet duet Elenore Gibson and Adam Knight performed Bring Him Home before soloist Imogen Forsythe sang Green Finch and Linnet Bird.

Junior wind band members played a medley including Twinkle Twinkle, Hard Rock Blues and the theme music to the Bond film Skyfall.

Emma Stenhouse sang Quiet and the Senior Wind Band played Disney blockbusters to bring the first half to a close.

After the interval the orchestra played Trepak, Behold the Lord High Executioner and John Williams movie themes including Star Wars.

Vocalist Jay Routledge performed Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, and soprano saxophonist Oliver Baron played Forever in Love.

The academy choir sang I Know That My Redeemer Lives before performing a selection of melodies from the stage musical Les Misérables featuring soloists Olivia Byrom, Daniel Collins, Aiesha Grear and Rachel Grundy.

Olivia then followed with a performance of Somewhere Over the Rainbow before the jazz band brought the concert to a close with a string of hit songs.

Head of music Helen Kerr said: “The students have worked incredibly hard and this was obvious in their peerless performance.

“The audience really appreciated their efforts, which gave the students a huge boost.

“Music is extremely important at Bede Academy and we aim to make it accessible to as many students as possible.

“It seems to unlock something positive in young people which transfers to their studies and general attitude to life.”