Hitting the high notes at Midhurst and Petworth music evening

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School children hit the right note with an audience of families and friends when they took part in the Rotary Club of Midhurst and Petworth’s annual youth music evening.

They filled the Herbert Shiner Hall in Petworth to listen to the talents of children from six schools in the area presenting everything from Phantom of the Opera to a Samba demonstration.

Children of all ages took part from the Midhurst Rother College band to younger pupils from Petworth, Midhurst, Stedham, Rogate and Easebourne primary schools.

Midhurst Rother College Band opened the evening with an opera medley from Phantom by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Petworth Primary, using items such as footballs, sticks and buckets created the rhythmic Junk Percussion Piece arranged by Juliet Robinson followed by Litter Song.

Hip, Hop, Stop The Drop by Phil Needham sent a good message to the audience about litter. Then thinking of the wider world they performed a traditional Ghanaian piece – Ayelevi followed by Sporting World by Alison Carver.

Stedham Primary children sang A Light Has Come and Peace Child by Mark and Helen Johnson and their percussion group gave a Samba demonstration.

They were followed by Midhurst Primary band playing Xanadu by Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch.

The choir sang You’ll Never Walk Alone from Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel and Come to the Fair by Sue Stevens.

Rogate Primary School, a new entrant to the festival, was given a special welcome when six pupils performed their own arrangement of Mamma Mia bv Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus without any teacher support.

Easebourne Primary children sang Side by Side by Harry Woods and had the audience foot tapping to their singing and enthusiastic performance of Build It High by Suzy Davies.

During the programme Midhurst Rother College Band played Mambo No5 by Lou Bega arranged by John Blanken and Pink Panther by Henry Mancini and an accomplished flute ensemble played Somewhere Out There by James Horner, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Finally all the schools came together to perform Stand By Me.

Rotary president Paul Ryan thanked all those who had made the evening a success with a special tribute to music teacher Juliet Robinson who once again co-ordinated it.

The Rotary Club will distribute any profits from the evening to participating schools as a contribution towards their music departments.