Night at the Musicals

Night at the Musicals

Monday night saw the return of the music department’s Night at the Musicals (NATM) concert. The drama studio was packed to the rafters with parents, friends and students ready to be entertained with songs from all across the musical theatre spectrum. Jonny Slade kicked it off for The Windsor Boys’ School with his cover of It’s Hairspray from Hairspray.  This was his debut performance at NATM and showed the potential he has to become a confident and charismatic singer. Ben Qureshi and Rory Sutherland showed the power of storytelling through song with their renditions of For Forever from Dear Evan Hansen and Purpose from Avenue Q. We were treated to three duets with Oli Bean and James Redford giving us a captivating and entertaining performance of Agony from Into the Woods, Marcus Watson and Kai Cooper were inspired by Leslie Odom and Lin-Manuel Miranda to perform an emotional and powerful cover of Dear Theodosia from Hamilton and Oli Bean and Isabelle Walters performed a beautiful and charismatic version of First Date/Last Night from Dogfight.  Scott Robinson and Henry Denegri performed classic, mature and passionate covers of Sit Down you’re Rocking the Boat from Guys and Dolls and Pure Imagination from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The evening ended with Joseph Bristow showing how characterisation can add extra qualities to a musical theatre performance in his response to Taylor, The Latte Boy sung by Katie Hopkins. All of the students, from both TWBS and WGS, showed how hard work and dedication can make all the difference. Congratulations to all who performed and to Mr Manwaring for another successful concert.  ...
Music department Quiz Night

Music department Quiz Night

The Music Department held a quiz on Friday 26th January.  Ten rounds of questions included challenges ranging from tasting crisps, herbs, and milks to identifying songs from musicals, combined with classic subjects of history, geography, arts and Dingbats too! It was a really well attended and enjoyable evening, with the winning team happily rewarded with chocolate and beer.  The money raised will go towards the wide and extensive work of the music department across WLP. Our next Music event is Monday 5th February – Night At the Musicals – TWBS Drama studio, 18.00. Free entry. Mr J...
Music Concerts

Music Concerts

This week has seen two major concerts take place at school. On Monday we had our first Windsor Learning Partnership Choral celebration and on Thursday evening our annual Autumn Concert for the Windsor Upper Schools. Both concerts were a huge success with well over 200 performers in each concert. On Monday we welcomed students from our partnership schools – Dedworth Green First School and Dedworth Middle School. It would be impossible to highlight any one performance as they were all very special. However a particular highlight came on Monday night when students from all four schools came together to sing a piece at the end – truly inspiring to see students from Year 3 – 13 all on the same...
Music Department

Music Department

On Thursday, 28th September there was a Lower school concert at WGS. A lovely recital from students in years 9 & 10. Well done to: Jonny Slade Joseph Gater Joe Lombardo Anoop Matharu Joel Chiverton Friday, 29th September the Jazz Group performed at local Wolf Lane Cubs group. The boys worked with Mr Manwaring to put on a workshop for a group of 20 cubs. It was a great way of inspiring the next generation to take up a musical instrument. Thanks to Thomas Bennett, Joseph Bristow, Ed Gibbon, Harry Macklin, Ben Qureshi and Michael Howard for giving up their Friday evening. And well done to Thomas Bennett for organising the musicians to be...
Upper Schools Big Band

Upper Schools Big Band

Last night the Upper Schools Big Band performed at Windsor Castle for a private Windsor Festival event. The reception took place in the Governors House and Moat Garden. It was a lovely evening and the students performed really well as usual. It was a great evening and the start of another year of performances. Mr J Manwaring Director of Upper Schools...
Music and Magic – 28th March 2017

Music and Magic – 28th March 2017

Tuesday, 28th March saw over 100 audience members enjoy a night of music, singing and magic in the main hall which had been transformed into a music lounge with festoon lights, round tables and plenty of nibbles. The evening started off with the Upper Schools Big Band welcoming us with the classic Sweet Caroline and continued playing other well-known songs throughout the night. Solos came from Max Clark playing You’ve got a friend in me on the tenor sax and Philip Hopkins who sang Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me with accompaniment from the Big Band. Mr Manwaring’s Glee Club showed off their pipes with renditions of popular music such as Coldplay’s Viva La Vida and Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, proving to everyone in the audience that anyone can get involved in singing, no matter your age, talent or experience! Martha Allerton and Ben Qureshi performed a beautiful rendition of All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera showcasing their phenomenal musical theatre skills. Two of our Year 13’s demonstrated their musical talents with a piano solo from George Prentis and a High School Musical arrangement from Jacob Slade with the Big Band. The Year 4 class from Dedworth Green First School bravely sang three songs in front of an audience packed with their parents, siblings and teachers and even showed skills that are way beyond their years. The magic element of the night came from the incredibly talented Dean Leavy. The audience were in awe of his table floating, hanky disappearing and number predicting skills and it was clear to everyone in the room why...
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