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

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 clarinet, 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 performers with a resume of their musical journey so far:

Year two’s Rory Butler, 6, who opened the concert, was congratulated on his commitment to learning to play the piano and charmed the audience his rendition of ‘Old McDonald’, an impressive piece for his tender years.

Year 11’s Chloe Earl was praised on her technical ability before executing a moving interpretation of Brandenberg Concerto in G on the marimba.

Chloe 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 staff and students, as well as challenging repertoires from the Junior and Senior and Junior marimba ensembles.

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