Midhurst pupils perform at rotary festival


PARENTS, grandparents and friends gathered in the theatre at Midhurst Rother College (MRC) for performances from six schools at the 20th Rotary Youth Festival of Music.

Midhurst Primary School’s music teacher Rhian Parry once again brought the talents of children from all the schools together.

They came from Midhurst, Petworth, Easebourne, Stedham and South Harting Primary Schools together with musicians from MRC itself.

The evening began with the MRC orchestra playing Harry Potter by John Williams, followed by Petworth Primary School choir singing Touch the Sky from Brave by Alex Mandel and Mark Andrews.

The next treat was an instrumental by South Harting primary pupils playing Brundell Waltz arranged by David Bellwood and Barrier Reef by Kathy Blackwell.

Easebourne Primary School choir sang The Right Shoes by Ed Aldcroft and Charlotte Strawbridge followed by Whatever I Do by Lin Marsh.

The colourful band of Midhurst Primary schoolchildren followed with Chris Waters’ arrangement of I Love to Boogie by Marc Bolan.

The MRC orchestra came back with A Long Way To Tipperary before the younger children of Midhurst Primary School choir sang Zip-a-de-doo-da by Ray Gilbert and Allie Wrubel followed by Rhythm of Life by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields.

Petworth Primary School Flutes helped by former pupil Oliver Arnold played the James Bond Theme and Stedham Primary choir sang Rather Be and Roar before MRC musicians struck up the hugely popular music from the latest hit Disney film Frozen.

Finally all the pupils sang Wim-a-way and The Lion Sleeps Tonight in an arrangement by Rhian Parry.

All six schools had rehearsed this piece with their individual music teachers but had never got together before this performance – well done to them all.

Rotary president James Reader thanked the college for use of the auditorium, the audience.

He also thanked sponsors Roger Poat and Partners, the funeral directors, Cowdray Estate, Café Verdi, Frasers, L F Lintott & Son and Henry Adams.

“Their generosity will enable donations to be made to the music departments of the participating schools,” he said, “and lastly thanks to the children for giving such fantastic performances and sending everybody home happy.”