Tal­ented young­sters help school con­cert go with a spring swing

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

SPRING was in the air for Tyther­ing­ton School pupils at its an­nual Spring Con­cert.

The con­certs each year are de­signed to show­case the best of pupils’ and staff’s mu­si­cal tal­ent.

Spe­cial guests, the Mayor of Mac­cles­field Coun Liz Durham and Mayor of Cheshire East Hilda Gad­dum, also went along to the con­cert, join­ing sev­eral hun­dred other guests.

More than 100 stu­dents took ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity to show what they could do on the flute, vi­o­lin, gui­tar, cello and var­i­ous other in­stru­ments.

A num­ber of dif­fer­ent bands and choirs were rep­re­sented at the event too.

There were per­for­mances from the jazz band, the ju­nior choir, the steel drum band and the se­nior and ju­nior string groups.

The brass group, se­nior choir, flute group and con­cert band also wowed mem­bers of the au­di­ence with their skills, along with an ac­com­plished gui­tar duet from Sam Frost and James Lawrence who per­formed a self-writ­ten piece called ‘Spa Week­end Dreams’.

The con­cert also fea­tured a num­ber of ‘spec­tac­u­lar’ solo and en­sem­ble pieces from pupils of dif­fer­ent ages, with staff show­ing off their own mu­si­cal tal­ents too.

Pupils Sarah Bai­ley, Alice Wat­son and Char­lotte Fo­den per­formed vo­cal so­los.

Another solo per­for­mance was given by Dougie Skel­ton, who took on the chal­leng­ing task of play­ing a range of in­stru­ments.

Caitlin Lan­caster per­formed a pi­ano solo and Lili Hol­land-Fricke per­formed a solo piece on cello.

Dave Li­ley, the school’s head of music, said the per­for­mances from pupils im­proved ev­ery time the con­cert took place.

He said: “The qual­ity of the per­for­mances just gets bet­ter ev­ery year.

“This is all down to the stu­dents’ ded­i­ca­tion and hard work”.

Em­manuel Botwe, head­teacher, said: “We re­ally do have a fan­tas­tic de­part­ment here.

“Mu­si­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents at Tyther­ing­ton School con­tinue to go from strength to strength.

“One in ten stu­dents took part in the con­cert this year, which is a tremen­dous achieve­ment.

“They were bril­liant.

“We want the full range of our stu­dents to be able to take part in such high qual­ity mu­si­cal per­for­mances as this one.”

He added that Dave Li­ley and music teacher Martha Leish­man were both ‘very ded­i­cated mem­bers of staff’.

He said: “Their pas­sion is tak­ing music at Tyther­ing­ton School to another level.”

Two of the many tal­ented mu­si­cians who took part in Tyther­ing­ton School’s Spring Con­cert – Effie Mil­lar, from year 10, (left) and Ben Hol­land-Fricke, from year seven


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