On Tuesday 22nd March, over 50 Years 7, 8 and 9 students were involved in our MixXjam performance at The Acorn Theatre. This musical extravaganza happens twice a year, and is designed to give all our musicians and bands a taste of the professional live music world.

First on the scene were our new Year 7 sound and lighting team, who unpacked all the instruments, and set up the stage under close supervision from Steve Warhurst, The Acorn’s own professional technician. Steve provided invaluable feedback on what the professional venue expects from a sound and lighting engineer.

At 6pm all the bands arrived to ‘sound check’ on the stage, making sure that all their instruments and amps were set up to satisfy their own standards, but also working with Steve to get the ‘front of house’ sound great for the audience.

By 7pm The Acorn was full to the rafters, including the extra seating in the balcony. At 7.10pm the first half was started with a stunning performance from Year 7 student Grace Tswei, followed by over an hour of amazing acoustic performances ranging from covers through to original songs from last year’s school album ‘Ferris Wheel’, and new songs written for this year’s album.

After a short break the second half featured performances from six of our school bands, including the Cube ‘house band’ supporting Rhys Brown and Ewan Ford, The MBs jazz/funk band, and an amazing performance from 11th Hour to finish the night.

A massive thank you to The Acorn Theatre, and we are already looking forward to the next event.