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Winter Concert warms packed out hall

With snow falling earlier in the day, it was apt that a packed out Dining Hall audience enjoyed a wonderful evening’s entertainment at this year’s Winter Concert.

The Junior Band opened the show with ‘Dr Rock’, ‘Apache’ and a tricky arrangement of ‘Superman’, which they performed with spectacular aplomb.

The newly formed barbershop trio The Be Sharps – consisting of Coli Krywonos, Teddy Hotchkies and Matthew Howling – were up next and, clearly inspired by their namesakes in The Simpsons, they performed ‘Baby on Board’ and a fantastic arrangement of Beatles classics.

Another indication that Chamber Music continues to thrive at Stockport Grammar School is the addition of Cello Choir – a group of six cellos ranging from First Year to Lower Sixth – and they made a fantastic sound performing arrangements of the ‘First Movement of Bach’s 3rd Brandenburg Concerto’ and a funky version of ‘Smooth Criminal’.

With the mock exam season lasting most of January, this concert provided the ideal opportunity for some of SGS’ younger groups to perform and the newly combined Vox II, (formed of Boys’ Vocal Group and Vox) performed popular classics ‘What About Us’ and ‘High Hopes’, with lovely solo lines as always.

The Guitar Group then made their first performance of the year with a rendition of ‘There She Goes’ by The La’s, which was polished and very well received.

Now in their second year, The Mayhemiolas are well established as an accomplished a cappella group and Caitlin Cutts, Sarah Callow and Zoe Shah continue to perform in a range of styles with close harmony versions of ‘The Bluebird’ and ‘You Could Drive A Person Crazy’.

The evening was brought to a close by Big Band, who were on fine form performing stylish versions of Dixieland favourite ‘Ain’t She Sweet’, the lyrical ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square’ and ‘Cool’ from West Side Story which showed off their rhythmic playing superbly.

It was a fabulous event and all eyes now look eagerly ahead to the next event, the musical Chicago which will be happening in March.