WQE Musicians have had a very busy summer term, performing in several events and concerts: an Open Mic session at the Visual Arts End of Year Show on Wednesday 7th June; a lunchtime concert for the residents of Wyggeston House Care Home on Friday 23rd June; performances in the Marquee throughout Welcome to WQE Day on Tuesday 27th June, providing a summery, festival atmosphere for new students who had been invited to come in to look around the college on Tuesday 27th June; and finally, the Summer Showcase – our end of term concert, which took place in the evening of Wednesday 28th June, to an audience of staff, family and friends. The music ranged from Classical piano solos and cello duets to folk rock to funk, rap and R&B and more. Highlights included our group performances of Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke – an ode to the power of music – and we finished the evening with an effervescent rendition of Proud Mary, a tribute to the late, great Tina Turner.
Thanks to all of the students involved: they have given so much of their time and energy in making these events really special, performing with passion and professionalism. On top of that, they have worked tirelessly to help move, set up and take down equipment! At each event, we have received numerous glowing comments from audience members, who have been hugely impressed by the standard of music-making and the variety of music and talent on show.
All these efforts were rewarded by a late night on Wednesday and a very early start on Thursday morning, as some of us set off to London by coach, accompanied by a number of A Level Drama students. After a visit to Trafalgar Square, and a sunny lunchtime exploring Covent Garden, we went to the Adelphi Theatre in the West End to watch the matinée performance of Back To The Future: The Musical! A riotously silly, light-hearted stage version of the cult classic film, with some breathtakingly spectacular staging, projection and sound effects to bring the time-travelling Delorean to life.
After this busy week, we have one more event to look forward to before winding down for the summer holiday. Our annual Prizegiving ceremony takes place on Wednesday 5th July at the Tigers’ Stadium, and some of our Year 1 students will be performing in a musical interlude. This will be a fitting end to the year as we celebrate our Year 2 leavers’ achievements across the college.