Music: Bede's Prep's Spring Concert 2013

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Saturday 16 March saw All Saints church in Eastbourne turn into a bustling hive of musical activity.

5Members of the Eastbourne community joined parents, staff and Friends of Bede's Prep school to form a 500-strong audience and watch the Bede's Prep School Spring Concert.

The highlight of the evening saw 96 Bede's Prep School pupils from Years 3, 4 and 5, backed by a full, 32 piece orchestra, which included a number of year 6, 7 and 8 pupils, performing Puccini's hour-long piece Messa di Gloria entirely in Latin.

The evening was split into two distinct halves, the first of which saw staff members including Head of Music Colin Hughes and fellow teachers Becky Antsey, Rachel Barrett, Cecy Kemp, Will Bryant, Gail Brundle, Gordon Ferguson and Jacqueline Sheridan starting the evening by singing a spirited rendition of Seaside Rendezvous by Queen.

The Junior Chamber Choir and Senior Chamber Choir took to the stage next, each singing independently before joining forces to deliver their soaring version of 'You Raise Me Up'.

The school rock band was then accompanied by the full orchestra as they sang and played the iconic gospel hit 'Oh Happy Day', made famous by the Edwin Hawkin Singers, which was followed by Years 3, 4 and 5 singing the Jonah Man Jazz by Michael Hurd to end the first half.

8The second part of the Spring Concert then saw the 96 Bede's Prep School pupils join together to embark on their show-stopping, full length performance of Puccini's Messa di Gloria.

Sung in Latin, rehearsals for the iconic piece started at the beginning of January, a process which was both challenging and extremely rewarding, as detailed by Mr Hughes.

"The Spring Concert is always a fantastic showcase for all of our talented musicians," he said after the event.

"Last year's concert culminated in a Les Miserables medley accompanied by fireworks. This year we decided to go for something classical, and for many of these pupils this will be a once in a lifetime experience."

"Prep School children singing with a full orchestra is not something you see happen at many schools, especially in Latin. It's been quite difficult but the pupils have really enjoyed the experience - especially the opportunity to sing the loud bits. That gave them quite a buzz!"

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