A BEN STONE PRODUCTION: A NIGHT AT THE ATH’
On the 15th September I was fortunate so see my EPQ concert, A Night At The Ath’, come to fruition. With everyone all in from the storm outside and the performers all prepared, the night could begin. Throughout the evening, the audience were treated to a variety of acts, from Emma Aspray’s dramatic version of ‘Pulled’ from the new Addams Family musical, to Charlie Whelan’s technical masterpiece on the guitar, ‘Midnight Express’, there was something for everyone. Our youngest performer Evie Kennett wowed us with her stunning voice and it was great to see her perform within a cohort of older acts so confidently. ‘Tequila’ was also a fan favourite (the song, not the drink!) with audience participation very much encouraged and the debut performance of the new male a capella group The Crescendudes, ended the evening on a high; I cannot wait to get started on the new material for the group which will no doubt be performed in future concerts. I want to personally thank Joe Sargent for all the support he gave throughout the process and to Xander Veitch for not only performing, but for accompanying other acts and of course being my co-host, helping to make the evening as professional as could be.
What was a clear success from the evening was the cooperation with Kingdown School. We were fortunate enough to have five acts come and join us and they were all fantastic. Libby Salter amazed the whole auditorium with ‘Think of Me’ from Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Phantom of the Opera and it was great to see a fellow saxophonist take to the stage with Joely Hudson performing a classic James Bond tune ‘Nobody Does it Better’.
The event overall has raised nearly £1400 for the local Wessex Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre and has had much positive feedback.
Thank you to everyone who helped make the night the thoroughly enjoyable night it was. ‘Till the next time!
Ben Stone, Upper Sixth