Fabulous evening! Awesome! Superb! Very talented students!
These were just some of the positive words used by the audience to describe the excellent Christmas Concert performance of Felixstowe Academy students at St Andrew’s Church, expertly hosted by Letitia Butcher and Emma Stanbridge.
The concert opened with the vibrant Stix Percussion Ensemble, featuring Year 10 student Benjamin Hall in his debut performance, before the Academy’s Blow-Outs band took us through three arrangements by Mr Wren of the pieces A Winter’s Tale, the classic I’ll Never Fall in Love Again and Whatever the Weather.
Students from across all year groups featured throughout the evening, either as soloists or as members of choirs, ensembles and bands. Each item was a highlight, especially the Academy Choir performance of the hilarious The Twelve Days After Christmas.
Year 11 student Elizabeth Carpenter should be applauded for her performances as lead violin within the Academy String Ensemble and Orchestra, as well as her wonderful performance of the first movement of J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins with her tutor Mr Gould.
The opening to the second half was amazing – with the Academy’s much in demand Jazz Band accompanying Giedre Skeiryte in Skyfall, Letitia Butcher in Feelin’ Good and Sean Bennett in Black and Gold. All performances worthy of a professional stage!
Other individual performers included vocalists Charlee Bullock, Bethany Hurry, Kirsty Laird, Taryn Mason, Keelan Swift-Stalley, Natasha Bulloch, James Trivett, Poppy Ball and Bethanie Piper. Through the evening these soloists were also supported by the backing of Hannah Taghdi (Piano), Tom Hunwicke (Guitar), Jacob Woods and Josh Cuthbert (both Percussion).
The audience were also treated to musical numbers from the Academy’s forthcoming Wade Ablitt production of ‘Wonder’. The show’s cast performed Saturday and The Story Goes On as a taster for the full show – their performance is sure to create demand for tickets for the March production!
And as the Orchestra prepared to bring the evening to a close with a brilliant finale of Fairytale of New York, Academy Principal Mr Salter was joined by Stephen Ainger to present the annual Peter Ainger Award for Musical Achievement. Peter Ainger, a former parent and governor, wanted to celebrate the achievement of younger students within the Music Department. This year’s award went to students Bethany Hurry, Hannah Taghdi and Rebecca Hammond.
Well done to all our performers, you were all stars!