With more than twenty performers from Years 7 through to Year 13, the programme for the first of our Festival Series was an eclectic one, from Holly Fratter’s ornately decorated interpretation of Purcell’s Fairest Isle and Reuben Reed-Sanderson’s sensitive portrayal of Quilter’s Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, through to Ruth Balhetchet’s accomplished self-accompanied rendition of Grohl’s Best of You.
Among the variety of solos were several ensembles including Bea Arden, Romany Harber and Amy Monteith’s, a capella version of Alicia Keys’ Girl on Fire. As well as hearing polished performances given by our more seasoned students such as Amelia Withers and Clara Nicholson, we were delighted to see some of our newer d’Overbroeck’s students take to the floor. Emmie Bailey gave a particularly moving performance of John Lennon’s Imagine as she accompanied herself on the piano and Millie Petrovic, Ciara Stimpfig and Danica Johnson joined together to bravely open the concert with their own lyrics set to the melody of John Legend’s All of me.
The evening concluded with the newly formed Year 8 band with their own rock-inspired arrangement of Vance Joy’s Riptide.
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. Thanks also go to Lianne who organised this wonderful event.