School bands hit right note at Mayor’s concert

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MUSICAL youngsters from across Fareham gave a spectacular performance at the Mayor’s Schools Charity Concert at Ferneham Hall.

Boys and girls from Henry Cort Community College, Brookfield Community School, Crofton School, Portchester Community School and Cams Hill School came together to deliver a variety of popular tunes.

Pieces ranged from popular songs by Michael Buble and Maroon 5 to classics including Chopin’s Nocturne in E Flat and jazz tunes.

Henry Cort Community College Concert Band kick-started the evening with a medley of songs by rock band Green Day followed by a beautiful selection from Les Miserables.

Other highlights on the night included a stunning performance by Crofton New Orleans Brass Band of It’s All Over Now by Womack and Womack.

Brookfield Brass Quintet gave a powerful rendition of Beat Ride and Cams Hill Upper School Singers wowed their audience with As I Went Down to the River to Pray.

They were followed by the Portchester Marimba Ensemble on top form.

Ian McAllister, head of music at Henry Cort Community College, said: ‘This concert brings together our most talented young musicians to put on a concert of the highest calibre.

‘Their commitment and their passion for music continues to impress and inspire me.’

Ken Austin, assistant principal at the school, added: ‘We aim to maintain, improve and promote the practice and performance of music.

‘We have some exceptionally talented musicians and it’s always a pleasure to hear them perform.

‘I hope the public enjoyed the concert as much as I did.’