Balshaw’s Church of England High School

'Gracias Por La Musica'

3 July 2017


Our musical show this summer was ‘Gracias Por La Musica’ and it was on Tuesday 27th June 2017.

Mr Haycocks welcomed everyone to the concert and introduced Alice Reeves who was the compare for the evening, and as always Alice did a superb job ensuring the audience knew about the acts taking part.

First on stage were the Junior Guitar Ensemble, the members of the ensemble included students from local primary schools; Manor Road, Westwood, Lancaster Lane, St. Bede’s and Clayton-Le-Woods. They were joined by Carmel Galea and a trio of singers from our various choirs. The ensemble performed ‘Lean on Me’ and ‘Moves Like Jagger’ and got the show off to a great start.

Next on stage were our very own staff choir who sang ‘Moon River’ and ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’ – there were some lovely harmonies from this talented group of ladies.

More guitars next, from the Guitar Ensemble, who were Carmel Galea, Adam Jones, Emily Harris and Morgan Gaskell-French and they treated the audience with ‘Feeling Good’ and ‘Skyfall’.

A solo performance from Holly Sanderson was next and Holly sang a super version of ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ accompanied by Mrs Rawson.

Adam Jones, from the Guitar Ensemble, came back onto the stage and did a very able solo guitar performance of ‘Study No.16’.

A trio of brass performances were next from our reasonably new but ever expanding Balshaw’s Brass group. They performed three very upbeat numbers; ‘Brass Attack’, ‘Flintstones’ and ‘Cop Lane Blues’, which was written by Chris Wootton

Then Isobel Davies sang ‘How Far I’ll Go’ from the recent Disney animated movie Moana and Isobel did an amazing job.

The Junior Vocal Band were next and they did two fabulous musical theatre performances of ‘Pure Imagination’ from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and ‘When I Grow Up-Naughty!’ from Matilda, accompanied by Mrs Atkinson-Brown.

An incredible vocal duet followed from Amy Walker and Will Pike singing ‘Don’t’ from Martin Guerre, accompanied by Mrs Atkinson-Brown

The final act was from the Rock School Trio of Owen Rasburn, Adam Reeves and Mr McNicholas and they did a very upbeat performance of ‘Seven Nation Army’.

Following the interval there was a celebration of achievement from the Penwortham Music Festival. The Chamber Choir were ‘Winners with Distinction’, the Junior Vocal Band were in ‘Second Place with Distinction’.  Rachel Prater was the winner of the ‘Solo Singer’ Category. Niamh Capaldi also received fabulous news that she passed her grade 4 Tenor Horn examination with a very strong ‘Merit’.

The second act began with more rock – this time from the Rock School taking on the Joan Jett and Blackhearts well known number ‘I Love Rock and Roll’.  Eve Hulme was on vocals, her brother, Oliver was on guitar, Elizabeth Brown was on drums and Mr McNicholas was also on guitar. They got the second half off to a toe-tapping start.

The Chamber Choir then delighted the audience with beautiful performances of ‘Balshaw’s Gavotte’ which was their variation of the ‘Ascot Gavotte’ from My Fair Lady and then ‘Stay Awake’ from Mary Poppins.

Niamh Capaldi the performed an amazing solo on the tenor horn of ‘Blue Moon’, accompanied by Mr Wootton.

A duet followed, of Ellie Fazakerley on piano and Lilly Tarmey on vocals and they did a fabulous performance of the much covered ‘Hallelujah’.

Rachel Prater, was next with a lovely solo performance of ‘All That Matters-Finding Neverland’.

Another solo performance was next from Eddie Bishop who gave a foot tapping performance of ‘60s Swing No.1 from Swinging Rhythms’.

Ben Houtson and Courtney Shuttleworth did a superb performance of ‘Read All About It’ by Emile Sande – Ben played the guitar and Courtney sang.

Then there was a singing and guitar solo from Jessica Hardman with a great version of ‘All Too Well’ by Taylor Swift.

This was followed by Lilly Tarmey and was another singing and guitar solo of ‘To Be Someone’ by The Jam and Lilly did a great job.

Amy Walker was next and she sang a mesmerising and beautiful version of ‘With You’ from the stage version of Ghost accompanied by Mrs Atkinson-Brown.

Jack Massey then performed his own composition solo piece on the piano called ‘Impromptu in C# Minor’. It was the piece that Jack had written for his recent Music GCSE exam and it was amazing.

Another solo performance, this time from Will Pike, and Will sang a great version of ‘Everything’ by Michael Bublé

The final act of the evening was from the very talented Chamber Choir who sang ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ from Carousel and the energetic ‘Rhythm of Life’ from Sweet Charity, accompanied by Mr Wootton.

It was another incredible evening showcasing the extremely talented students and staff at Balshaw’s.

A huge thank you to absolutely everyone who took part and helped on the night  - you were amazing and thanks also to all of the audience who came along to watch. We hope that you had a great time.

We look forward to seeing at our next school event which is Oklahoma! on Wednesday 12th July at 7pm. Tickets are on sale in school priced at £5 per adult and £3 for students/concessions.


'Gracias Por La Musica'