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Events at Mullion School

Mullion School ‘Easter Hootenanny’

Once again Mullion School hall was ‘rocking’ at its annual ‘Hootenanny’. This is an evening of music created by students from the Band Factory project which is a rolling programme of coaching for Mullion’s talented rock and pop musicians. Ten young bands, each on their own stage, performed to a packed hall. The compere for the evening was Joe Welch, a Year 10 pupil whose witty commentary kept the audience informed and entertained throughout.

The evening began with a Year 11 band called ‘25degrees C’ who performed ‘Brian’ by The Arctic Monkeys. This was followed by the first Year 9 band who enthused the crowd with Gloria Jones’ ‘Tainted Love’. ‘The Wild Turkeys’ gave a very polished performance of ‘Confusion’ by The Zutons.

Madi Martin then had the audience spellbound with the lyrical ‘Anchor’ by Mindy Gledhill which was tastefully accompanied by Rory Gow on Tuba and Rosie Tregoning on the piano.

One of the real toe tappers of the evening was the performance of Chuck Berry’s ‘Route 66’ by the Year 10 band ‘The Brittleshins’ ably led by lead singer, Connor Major, who engaged the crowd with his witty banter as well as some impressive singing and harmonica playing.

The school’s percussion ensemble then transported the audience to the realms of Latin America with Tito Puente’s ‘Oye Como Va’ and the lovely Year 11 duet of Tegen Pascoe and Kim Bastian, who sang ‘Radioactive’ by Imagine Dragons whilst playing the guitar.

The school’s all girl band ‘East of Eden’ moved on to ‘Holiday’ by Green Day with lead singer, Charlotte Bottrell, a Year 7 pupil making her vocal debut. The Year 10 band ‘Mr Ben’ concluded the first half with a very mature and polished performance of ‘Beautiful Losers’ by Ocean Colour Scene.

The school’s national award winning ensemble ‘The Zappa Project’ then shared their winning performance from the National Festival of Youth Music and received a presentation from the headteacher, Mr Sandford.

The second half saw all the bands return to the stages where the music of ‘White Stripes’, Cousin Harley, John Lee Hooker, All About Eve, The Strokes, The Las’s and Franz Ferdinand was ably performed.

The event received huge praise from parents, one of whom wrote ‘what struck me was the confidence of the performers. When kids are standing up there prepared to own the stage as they all did, you can be sure they are in a place – literally and metaphorically – where they feel happy and valued and safe. Thank you for providing that place.’

Georgina Davies, the school’s music teacher thanked Mark Burgoyne who had led the band factory project throughout the year and produced ‘real musical class’ from the students.