Sparkling lights, shining silver and black programmes and stylish feathered vase arrangements adorned each table, making the perfect setting for an evening of high-class food and entertainment. Cabaret 2016 proved a triumph for the Music Department and all the pupils and staff that took part.
Efficiently compèred with military precision throughout, Caroline Robinson took the audience on a musical journey. The evening started with a bang as 49 pupils from Year 7 and 8 gave a hearty performance of MATILDA numbers complete with their own Matilda’s (Charlotte Robinson, Milly Morgan, Thea Knight and Naomi Watson) and the terrifying Mrs Trunchbull, played wonderfully by Harrison Kilminster.
The evening continued with many excellent performances, notably a duet by Vittoria Ferrario and Lili Wieberniet which some commented would not have been out of place in the final of The X Factor. The String Ensemble excelled with a stunning rendition of Palladio, made famous originally in the De Beers diamond advert. The Ukulele Group were on top form, paying a fitting tribute to David Bowie with their performance of Heroes, with a magnificent solo spot for Ben Stone. The Drum Corps, in their usual style, made their presence felt with their own fully choreographed composition, Drums Alive, and keeping the music current, Star Wars was enjoyed in a performance by the Concert Band.
Newly formed Rock Band, The Seventeen O’Sevens led by Charlie Whelan gave a truly professional and rocking performance of the Sultans of Swing, and Kathryn Rush proved a ‘Popular’ hit, with her own version of this Wicked favourite.
Jazz Band whetted the appetites of the audience with their polished performances including the all-time Jazz favourite All of Me. The excellent food and service did not disappoint, a highlight being the sophisticated selection of individual handmade desserts. The evening culminated in a performance from the school Concert Orchestra playing Queen favourites.
Mrs Robinson commented on Cabaret 2016 “My personal highlight was the outstanding performances from the Warminster Singers. Having been tutored by the leader of the Bath Community Gospel Choir, their flash mob-esque entrance led to an enthusiastic rendition of ‘He Reigns’, with huge energy from each and every member of the choir. My thanks go to the Music Department and everyone who helped make Cabaret such a success. I am already planning for 2017!”
Cabaret photos can be found on our Flickr site.