UNIVERSITY ACADEMY HOLBEACH SPRING CONCERT - Music springs into life with student show showcase

University Academy Holbeach orchestra members in rehearsal for its Spring Concert before Easter.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
University Academy Holbeach orchestra members in rehearsal for its Spring Concert before Easter. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Months of practice and rehearsing by musicians at University Academy Holbeach were put on show in front of an audience at the academy’s annual Spring Concert.

A selection of music performed by the academy’s chamber orchestra was complemented by brass and woodwind ensembles, recorder and string groups, staff and student choirs, a ukelele orchestra and a crumhorn group of sixth-form students making its debut performance in public.

Crumhorn player Sophie Juniper practices with the academy's  woodwind ensemble.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Crumhorn player Sophie Juniper practices with the academy's woodwind ensemble. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Samantha Graper, the academy’s head of music, said: “It was a really nice, varied concert for which we had a nice audience, many of them parents of the students.

“The premiere of the crumhorn consort went really well and it was great for the audience to hear instruments that are from the mediaeval and Renaissance eras.

“It was also a really great opportunity for the students to perform as they only get to do an arts event at the academy in the summer, although the chamber choir is invited to sing at care homes and primary schools in the area as well.”

The chamber choir sang a selection of songs from the popular musical Les Miserables, while the staff choir entertained the audience withe The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine.

Crumhorn players Chloe Plaice, Abigale Howard, Sophie Juniper and the academy's head of music Samantha Graper.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Crumhorn players Chloe Plaice, Abigale Howard, Sophie Juniper and the academy's head of music Samantha Graper. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Gill Graper, Samantha’s mum and co-ordinator of the Oasis Club for children at All Saints Church, Holbeach, said: “It’s traditional to have a spring concert at University Academy Holbeach and this year’s concert was very successful.

“Everybody said they enjoyed it and for the staff, it was a release and a relaxation for them.

“But the concert was mainly a way to encourage the young people to perform in public and show off their talents to a wider audience which is really important.”