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                                                                                                                                       Barbers sing their way to victory!
 The King’s Ely, Cambridgeshire, Barbers are jubilant after winning this year’s National Youth a Cappella Competition.
The all-boys a cappella group, who celebrated their 25th anniversary last year, discovered in February that they had qualified for the prestigious competition. Entries for the contest were submitted by video and judged
by a panel to assess which groups should qualify.
The King’s Barbers, along with their founder and coach, Peter North, travelled to the University of Birmingham for the fiercely- contested event and sang their way to victory, being crowned UK Youth Champions.
They sang Coldplay’s Viva La Vida, Bastille’s Pompeii, Some Nights by Fun, and Ricky Martin’s La Vida Loca, all of which were
specially arranged by Mr North. It was the second time that the King’s Barbers had qualified for the competition but this is the first time they have won. They were runners-up last year.
Mr North, who is also Head
of Voice at King’s Ely, is understandably proud of the
boys. He said: “The boys were
a pleasure to be with and performed brilliantly in the competition. We took part in several workshops and also watched the University Final and Beat Box Sing Off. We had a good following of enthusiastic parents who were immensely proud of their sons. The judges described their performance as bold and
the joy they have in their singing really shone through. The boys are overjoyed to have won and we couldn’t be more proud of them!”
Junior Alice
“Wow, it’s like a West End production” the familiar quote from the parents and visitors
to St Teresa’s Catholic School, Buckinghamshire, bi-annual production. This year the Key Stage Two children performed Disney’s ‘Alice in Wonderland Junior’.
The children at St Teresa’s not only get to act in the school production, but they get to experience elaborate costumes and make up, professional sound and lighting, radio microphones and recorded
performances. The children are immersed back stage and on stage, involved in all that goes into
the making of a show, including learning lines as understudies. They were directed by Susie Bojarski, Head of Drama, who gives all
the children the confidence and encouragement to be the best they can be.
Props, costumes and the staging; contributions came through
links to Tring Park, as well as Hughenden Manor.
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     Innovative Hamlet
Bancroft’s School, Essex, Middle School Production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, was performed by a group of year 9 and 10 students.
This was an ambitious and daring interpretation centred
around the forbidden relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia. This production was innovative and modern, employing an industrial soundtrack, which featured the likes of Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, as well as live music, and staged in traverse, with the audience sat on two sides.
Highlights included a ferocious fencing match between Hamlet and Laertes and an ensemble physical theatre piece created in collaboration with Frantic Assembly Theatre Company, as a replacement for “The Mousetrap”.
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