Monday saw the first in our 2018-19 Festival Series. ‘Festival of Voice’ was held in the Years 7-11 Hall and included performers from Years 7 to 13.
The recital programme covered an eclectic repertoire, from Omri Greenwood’s soulful rendition of Billie Holiday’s God Bless The Child and Georgina Osibodu’s dramatic performance of Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro through to Bea Arden’s accomplished, self-accompanied rendition of Joan Armatrading’s Woncha Come Home.
Amongst the variety of solos were several ensembles including Emmie Bailey and Emmy Poyser’s quirky J’ai pas envie. With more than two thirds of the performers being girls it was a particular pleasure to hear the deep tones of Year 11s Harry Godwin and Ryan Seneviratne. As well as hearing polished performances given by our more seasoned students such as Nieve Burgess and Tabitha Witter, both of whom chose to accompany themselves on their ukeleles, we were delighted to see some of our newer students take to the floor. Year 7 students Tilly Ousey and Susie Taylor made their (very engaging) debuts and Year 9 Drama Scholar Theo Stavrik gave an intense account of Close To You from Undertale, which, as far as I know, was the first ever performance of a computer game soundtrack in d’Overbroeck’s history!
The evening concluded with an electrifying, acoustic arrangement of Britney Spears’ classic Hit Me Baby One More Time from singer and guitarist Emma Claridge.
Many thanks go to all our talented singers for having the courage to stand up and sing in front of peers, family and friends and provide us all with such a vibrant and uplifting evening.
Music and Singing Teacher