Music Festival hits the right note at Midhurst

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The hall at Rother College was alive with music when the Rotary Club of Midhurst and Petworth held its annual music festival.

The evening began with ‘Let’s Start to Sing!’ sung by all the schools in three part harmony.

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MRC Orchestra played a selection from Les Miserables which was followed by Midhurst Primary School Choir singing ‘Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen followed by ‘Count on Me’.

Easebourne children sang ‘On Top of the World’ and ‘Starlight Express’. Petworth’s flute ensemble performed ‘Gangster Prankster’ and ‘Dan the Man’ and Fernhurt pupils took to the stage with ‘I am the Earth’ by Glyn Lehmann.

‘Power in Me’ came from Harting singers and then Midhurst Primary School Band resurrected ‘Legend of Xanadu’ by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky Mick & Titch.

Petworth children returned to the stage with their choir, to sing ‘Rock around the Clock’ followed by pianist Mimi Raleigh-Nolan from Rogate.

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Stedham pupils chose to sing ‘Cups (When I’m Gone)’ followed by ‘Pompeii’. The audience realised there was not much more to come when the MRC Orchestra played ‘The Final Countdown’ by Joey Tempest.

And it was wartime favourite ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ which closed the festival in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

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