Strode Theatre in Street hosted the 31st Mid Somerset Musical Spectacular recently.  Organised by the club together with Somerset Music it attracted over 220 youngsters to entertain an appreciative and enthusiastic audience.

The Junior Orchestra from COSMIC began the evening with a rendition of some familiar numbers.  Ashcott School Choir followed with two sympathetically performed songs and their whole class Ukulele Ensemble then joined the choir for two beautifully sung numbers.  Later in the evening the school band played three numbers that got everyone’s feet tapping.

Ashcott Primary School

Charlton Mackrell School entertained with both their Chamber Choir and the school orchestra whose piece Monolithic Madness was composed by pupil Alfie Carie.

Charlton Mackrell Primary School

Topaz Dance Studio displayed a number of skills during their performance including a superb solo by one of their members and the dancers wore some magnificent costumes.  Walton Clarinet Group brought a bit of blues to the evening playing under the direction of Louise Palmer. 

The School Choir from St Joseph and St Teresa sang three songs clearly and melodically with plenty of action in their last number, Let’s Go Fly A Kite, gaily waving their coloured kites.

St Joseph & St Teresa Catholic Primary School

St Aldhelm’s School Year 4 Whole Class Brass under the direction of Keith Thomas took to the stage playing five numbers demonstrating their improving skills that included a solo by Olivia Comer.

St Aldhelm's Primary School

The South West School of Dance came up with a polished set with strong vocals and contemporary choreography starting with a beautiful solo by Olivia Kerton and two familiar and upbeat numbers that included solos by Martha Gilby and Mariella O’Connell.  The costumes were particularly colourful and added to the performance.

A school not recently represented at the Mid Somerset Musical Spectacular, Priddy and St Lawrence’s Federation, introduced their choir who sang three songs, some melodic and others more upbeat.  They produced a very sharp and polished sound under the direction of Katrine Reimers.

Priddy & St Lawrence's Federation

A wide age range of youngsters from Stagecoach Performing Arts sang and danced their way through two lively numbers that provided a suitable finale to the evening sending the audience home happy.

A spokesman for the club said “It was disappointing this year that fewer schools were able to support this concert but the quality was in no way affected.  Remarkable talents of our local youngsters were on shown and together with Somerset Music we are delighted to be able to give so many of them the opportunity to perform on a professional stage.  We thank them all together with their teachers, tutors and parents”.


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