Newton Abbot College students from Years 7-13 came together on 7 December to showcase their musical talents for ‘A Night Before Christmas’.
The highly anticipated annual Christmas-themed musical evening sees the culmination of months of rehearsals for a range of groups from across the College. This year’s show saw a huge gamut of talent, from heartfelt solo performances from Year 9 Scarlett Pead and duets from Year 10 Izzy Warren and Grace Jacobs to larger numbers from vocal groups from different Key Stages and band performances from Year 12 group ‘In Motion’ and Year 13 band, ‘Then There Were Six.’
The evening saw the inaugural performances from the College Orchestra, set up by new member of staff, Christian Tebbutt, who also introduced audiences to the delights of the newly-formed ukulele band, whose rousing rendition of ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham! will go down in College history.
The performance was enjoyed by a packed-out audience in the College’s Daphne Collman Auditorium, who were also treated to an interval glass of mulled wine and mince pie before enjoying the rest of the evening’s entertainment.
The concert rounds off an incredible run of shows and performances for the Creative Arts Department in the run-up to Christmas. Team Leader of Music and Performing Arts , Rob Wilkinson, said of the evening: “Tonight was just another example of how fantastically talented, dedicated and professional our students are. To be this focussed at the end of a long term and to deliver something on this scale and to this level is incredible. I could not be prouder of every single student whose enthusiasm and commitment to the Creative Arts has seen the Department go from strength to strength.”