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Acoustic Evening 2019

Acoustic Evening 2019

Tabby S opened the annual Acoustic with a fantastic rendition of When We Were Young, accompanying herself ably on the piano. Tabby's voice has developed beautifully over the past couple of years, and her performance was a testament to all the work she has put in on developing and perfecting her tone. This was followed by Kate H and Caitlin B, who gave a warm performance of Queen's hit song, You're My Best Friend. The duo really gelled well on stage, and we hope to see more of them in future concerts! Cecily JB then took to the stage. For the second year running, the only member of the Prep School performing gave an excellent and highly composed performance, this time of Beyoncé's Halo. Cecily has performed this on smaller stages this year, and the preparation paid off as she delivered the song with great maturity and composure in front of over a hundred guests. Philippa J followed with a highly melodic performance of the power ballad There's A Fine, Fine Line, balancing deeper verses and higher choruses with ease. Alisha F, Senior 1, then took to the stage for her debut performance at BSG. Performing without music, Alisha gave a strong performance of another Adele classic, Someone Like You. Alisha sang with beautiful intonation and tone, with a strong and confident tone across the vocal range. We look forward to hearing more from Alisha! Onto BSG's Sixth Form piano scholar, Ashley G, who gave the only instrumental performance of the night, a rendition of a piano solo from the film "Your Name". With characteristic poise and subtlety, Ashley showed why she is so highly regarded by staff and students at the school. The audience were then treated to a memorable performance of Lost My Mind and Always There Beside You, given by Senior 5 students Nyah D and Genevieve S. Accompanying themselves on the ukuleles, Nyah and Gen performed with an infectious sense of enjoyment, as well as typical skill. Tabby S then rejoined the action, impersonating the entire ensemble in a rendition of Alexander Hamilton from the eponymous musical hit. This was followed by another melancholic piano-based ballad, with Emma G accompanying herself beautifully in a rendering of Say Something (I'm Giving Up On You). Emma sang with a strong voice, with good intonation and a particularly well-developed lower register. Well done Emma! Nyah D then returned to the stage, capturing a typical soul vibe with an impassioned performance of If I 'Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys. Again her low range stood out. Nyah has put an immense amount of work into developing her voice over the past couple of years in particular, and again this concert was the perfect showcase for her efforts. Bastille's Pompeii was the track that the Senior 3 trio of Lucy R, Eva L and Emma G chose to perform, accompanied by Anna L on the drums. This was a good ensemble effort, with Lucy R taking on much of the lead work in a confident and assured manner. Eva and Emma also took on lead roles during the piece, whilst providing sensitive accompaniment at other points. Gen brought the solo items to a close with a suitably rich performance of Feeling Good, opening with a confident a cappella solo. This kind of track really suits Gen's wonderful voice, showing what strength she has across the range, but particularly lower down. Finally, the BSG School Choir took to the stage to perform the closing item, Coldplay's anthem, Fix You. This was a moving performance of all the girls working together to produce a suitably special finale. Many, many thanks to all those who came to support such a special concert; to Miss Hansford, Mr Rice and Miss Barlow for the parts that they played; to Mrs Robbins for hosting; and especially to all the girls for such a pleasant evening's entertainment. Mr Dury, Director of Music