A musical extravaganza greeted an enthusiastic audience in Liskeard School and Community College on the evening of Wednesday 15th December. With many schools cancelling concerts during the festive season, the school followed all Government protocols, and produced an evening fit for a West End Stage. Fifty-five performers (including two harp soloists) graced the stage, performing music from Bach to Britney!

It was a much-needed celebration of Music, as it had been two years since the last live public performance. It was a fitting way to end the year on a high after the challenges faced, and an opportunity to show off the new ensembles that had been created since the beginning of September.

Mr Mark Bond and Miss Jane Warwick, who both lead Music at the school, commented that the success of the evening was a much-needed release for staff, students, and parents alike.

The Music Department at the school have created many new ensembles since September. Previous groups had been dissolved due to the pandemic, and older students leaving. On display during the concert was the new Soul Band, the Year 7 and 8 instrumental group, a Key Stage 3 singing group, Year 11 Singers, Year 10 and 11 GCSE Music groups and Palm Springs (6th Form group). Many soloists and duets complimented the programme of music, and parents were left astounded by the standard of musicianship displayed throughout.

Two stand-out performances during the evening included a performance by Kate Delbridge (Year 8) who performed her very own composition (piano and vocals), as well as the amazing Staff Choir, singing ‘O Holy Night’. The finale of the evening featured all student and staff singers joining to sing the very beautiful and moving ‘Boy Child’.

Music at Liskeard School continues to flourish despite the pandemic. The appetite for creativity has never been stronger, and students are already looking forward to the Easter Concert 2022! No doubt there will be even more ensembles by then, creating both excellent opportunities and memories to cherish.