North Somerset primary schoolchildren play Colston Hall

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By mike_bisacre | Thursday, March 21, 2013, 11:58

For 37 years youngsters from North Somerset primary schools have been making music at the Bristol Colston Hall.

And on Wednesday's Music Association of Woodspring School's (MAWS) annual concert continued the tradition of quality entertainment.

A packed auditorium of mums, dads and grandparents were treated to a 90-minute spectacular of music, singing and dancing by more than 600 Year Six children from 20 primary schools from Clevedon, Portishead, Long Ashton, Nailsea, Portbury, Pill, Yatton, Flax Bourton, Tickenham and Backwell.

Based loosely on the theme of Musicals the show got off to a rousing start with a rendition of Barlow and Webber's Sing and Menken and Slater's Raise Your Voice from the stage show Sister Act. A tightly knit chamber orchestra, conducted by Alison Welch, hit all the right notes with their rendition of Peter Prelleur's Trumpet Minuet and Harold Harlen's Over the Rainbow while an accomplished wind band, under the direction of Robert Heathcote, demonstrated considerable prowess with their handling of a trio of medleys from the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, film score. 

Not to be outdone a whole stageful of budding guitarists, under the watchful eyes of James Kendrick and Andy Jones, presented a delightful rendition of Greased Lightning from the 1971 musical Grease written by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs and immortalised in the 1978 film version starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta. 

The arm-waving, hand-clapping choir maintained its high standard throughout the evening with a selection of songs from Elton John and Tim Rice's Lion King, Tim Minchin's Matilda and Lionel Bart's Oliver. And child soloists, Taylor Farrow, Molly Sharp, Josephine Newlands, Isaac Lewis, Lewis Cocking, Eleanor Hooper, Rosa Matthews, Emillia Gibson, Sophie Bowen and Sophie get a special mention for their outstanding vocal contribution to the show. 

A special mention must also be made for the beautifully choreographed and creatively costumed dance teams from a number of the participating schools that accompanied the choir throughout the evening.

On a slightly down-note the finale failed to live up to expectations and dancers and musicians who took to the stage for the final curtain found themselves stranded for an uncomfortable amount of time while the choir reprised the song Naughty from Matilda. 

Nit-picking apart this was an excellent evening's entertainment and pupils, teachers and parents should be proud of their contribution to an unforgettable occasion.

Show chairman Owen James, head teacher of Mary Elton Primary School, thanked everyone from long-suffering teachers to backroom staff, for their various contributions to the success of the show and, as ever, everyone went home happy.For further photographs go to The Post website by clicking HERE.

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