A spectacular night of music

Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools' night of music
Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools' night of music

A musical collaboration between two schools has been hailed a huge success by all who attended.

The students of Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools collaborated to perform a spectacular showcase on Tuesday, April 4.

Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools' night of music

Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools' night of music

There were performances from the Newminster and Chantry steel pan, jazz, ceilidh, samba, guitar and brass ensembles, and a guest performance by the King Edward VI High School Community Jazz Band.

The concert started with the ceilidh band, which performed an amazing repertoire of traditional tunes.

They were followed by Newminster Steel Pan Bands, playing modern music arranged by their tutor, Jenny Gilberg.

After that, the jazz band played a selection of pieces, including Mamma Mia and the theme from Strictly.

The enormous guitar ensemble followed, playing two popular pieces.

The brass ensemble played Strollin’ — what a sound for a small ensemble.

Before the interval there were more steel pan ensembles.

After the interval, the concert resumed strongly with the samba band of 60 players.

More Chantry steel pan acts took to the stage with energetic performances.

Penultimately, the KEVI High School Community Jazz Band played a selection of well-known jazz pieces, including the uplifting Sing, Sing, Sing.

There were wonderful vocal talents displayed by Izzie Jeffrey when she sang Blue Moon and Misty.

The night culminated in the joint Three Rivers Jazz Band performance of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep.

What a spectacular ending to a superb night of music showcasing the musical talent we have here in Morpeth.

Charlotte Jones, Curriculum Leader of Creative Arts, said: “I am so proud of the pupils in these schools and their exceptional performances in the Ensemble Evening Concert.

“Thank you so much to all the instrumental teachers, ensemble leaders, staff, PTA and parents for tuition and support.

“It was amazing to see the students from across all three schools in our Learning Trust showcase their wonderful musical talents on stage.”

Steven Johnson, Head of School at Chantry, said: “It was lovely to see them all smiling and enjoying having the opportunity to play together and I am sure that the event may inspire the audience to begin to learn a musical instrument.”

A member of the Facebook group, Morpeth Matters, said, “Just spent a really cracking evening at Chantry School, enjoying a music ensemble evening.

“It is brilliant to see such home-grown talent and to remember how lucky we are to have these opportunities for the children of Morpeth.”