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Lincolnshire Gateway Academies Trust

Winter Showcase

Somercotes Academy celebrated the festive season with their Winter Showcase full of music, dance and talent.

The evening was opened by Music Curriculum Leader Miss Barlow. She welcomed parents and wished them an evening filled with talent, music and performances. She then handed over to the evening’s presenter, Year 10 student Freddie Kenyeres.

Freddie welcomed guests to the Somercotes Academy 2023 Winter Showcase and congratulated the students involved for their hard work in preparing for the event.

The night began with a performance from the ‘9 Staves’, a group made up of musicians and vocalists across multiple year groups, performing Yellow by Coldplay.

They were followed by the French Choir who sang You Are The Reason by Calum Scott in both English and French.

Alyssa Hollingsworth (Y7) then gave her debut performance on the piano. Alyssa only started playing the piano in September and gave a brilliant rendition of Au Clair De La Lune.

There were dance performances from Grace and Poppy, who performed a choregraphed number to War is Over by John Lennon.

Paige Thomas (Y10) played Minuet in C on the piano, which she is working on as part of her Grade 1 syllabus. This was followed by a dramatic monologue of ‘I Wish I Was Our Sammy’ from Blood Brothers. This was recently performed this as part of his Performing Arts coursework.

The Somercotes Singers gave their first performance of the night, singing Symphony by Clean Bandit.

GCSE Music student Emily Richardson then gave her debut solo performance on the piano, playing Just Give Me A Reason.

Year 11 students then performed a choreographed dance to All That Jazz from Chicago, which was also a part of their Performing Arts coursework.

The Ukulele Club gave a rendition of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer complete with vocals and jingle bells. Miss Barlow wanted to thank Jasmine Radley, Holly Treadgold and Rose Williams for their dedication to Ukulele Club and for their support of the new members this year.

The Dance Club, which is made up of mostly KS3 students danced to One More Sleep by Leona Lewis. Miss Barlow and Miss Wright wanted to thank Year 8 Dance Leaders, Ellie Lyons and Kaitlyn Stokes for their support in the Dance Club and their dedication to helping the Year 7 students in Dance Club this year.

The first act ended with a flute duet of Walking In The Air. The duo Penelope Shaw (Y11) and Rose Wiliams (Y9) were accompanied by a viola and piano part from teachers.

Act Two began with the Somercotes Singers performing Fa La La with a solo from Year 8 Emily Jones.

Year 11 students Stevie Bush and Olivia Fitchett then gave a performance of a scene from the musical, Wicked.

Chenaigh Smith (Y9) choreographed a contemporary style dance to Love in the Dark followed by a solo performance of Somewhere Only We Know.

Penelope Shaw (Y11) then gave an impressive performance of Carol of the Bells on the flute, duetted with teacher Miss Barlow. Penelope performs with the Lincolnshire Youth Wind Orchestra which is run by Lincolnshire Music Service.

Year 10 Performing Arts student Isabelle Picker gave a comedic monologue of ‘Tomorrow’s Wish’.

KS3 Choir, Little Voices, sang a medley of music from The Greatest Showman with solos from Charles Johnson, Ruby Treasure and Eva Dilks.

Penelope Shaw then performed a flute solo of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Presenter Freddie said: “This is Penelope’s final Showcase, so please give her an extra loud cheer as this is the last time you will hear her play at Somercotes Academy.”

The penultimate act of the night was the senior dancers, who choreographed a number to Express from Burlesque.

The Somercotes Singers closed the evening with Sparkle and Shine from the movie, Nativity! With a solo from Olly Tedford.

Curriculum Leader for Music Miss Barlow said: “We have so much talent within the school and I am always so proud of the work that they all put into these Showcases. We had a great variety in performances tonight.

Every student performed with such confidence and professionalism and I am so proud of them all.”

Interim Principal Andy Collins then congratulated all of the performers from the evening and said: “They did incredibly well and I always enjoy these shows. We are a small school, but the talent on display is always amazing. We have a fifth of the school involved tonight, which is a great achievement for Somercotes.

So much hard work goes into these shows and I’d like to thank the students, parents, governors and staff who perform, support and organise these fantastic evenings.”