Children as young as eight took centre stage to perform solos to a packed audience at the Gad’s Developing Musicians Concert last night.

The Junior and Senior School recital showcases the talents of music students who want to be considered to appear in a celebration show at the school in spring.

All Gad’s musicians are invited and encouraged to take part, regardless of experience or skill.

Teachers, support staff and friends of the school had the unenviable task of marking each artist and the scores will determine who will go on to compete at the Spring Music Festival in March.

There was a wide range of classical and contemporary pieces both sung and played on a variety of instruments including electric guitar, piano, marimba, drums and recorder.

Director of Music John Stone said:  “It takes confidence and a great deal of practice and dedication to play to a live audience – even a friendly one!

“Music is a talent that is honed over a lifetime and to see the children progress year-on-year is a pleasure and privilege.”

Mr Stone introduced each of the 31 performers with a resume of their musical journey so far:

J3’s Ruby, who opened the concert, was congratulated on her commitment to learning to play the marimba and completed a lengthy piece for her tender years.

Year 11’s Bethany was praised on her technical ability before executing an impressive interpretation of Ludovico Einaudi’s Night Book on the piano.

Bethany has been a student at Gad’s since she was three years-old and, as did all the performers, received rapturous applause when she took a bow after displaying her enviable musicianship.

In between individual performances, the crowd was treated to a toe-tapping set from the school’s very own rock band, featuring students Oliver on drums, Max on electric guitar and the voice of Head of School Cameron – accompanied by our very own English teacher Mr Selby-Bennetts on bass guitar.

The Senior and Junior marimba ensembles also performed challenging repertoires.  Mr Stone ended the evening by presenting the younger trio their half music colours in recognition of musical achievements.

He congratulated ReB’s Alice, and her classmates Isabelle and Bella who have only been at Gad’s since September, on their teamwork and enthusiasm.

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