On Tuesday 12th December students at the Sir John Colfox Academy put on their annual ‘Colfox Christmas Cracker’. Over sixty students collaborated to produce a brilliant show which consisted of performances from the school choir, orchestra, dancers, soloists, groups and show cases from some classes in music and performing arts from Years 7 to 13. There was also a first ever performance by the new school staff choir!
The event sold out on the night and an audience of 220 parents, friends and family packed into the hall to enjoy the festivities. Not even the an electrical blowout that damaged all of the pre prepared music and sound could dampen the mood and during an earlier than scheduled interval the technical team did a great job in patching together what was left so the show could go on, and it did!
In all there were nineteen acts and real highlights on the night included a group of Year Seven students performing a brilliant extract from ‘Matilda’, holding the stage with real presence showing that the future is in very safe hands. Soloists Chairra Sidebottahm, Ellie Taylor and Ryan Williams were in great form and the duet of ‘Rockabye’ by Chloe Rainey and Vikki Marlow was superb. The orchestra collaborated with Essie Stone in a very amusing take on the 12 Days of Christmas and their performance of ‘The Fairy Tale of New York’ was a real hit with the audience; Violinists Eva Everley and Georgia’s Staal deserve a special mention in that performance. A small group of Year 7 and 8 dancers showed a taster from the 2018 Rock Challenge entry and the school choir really helped the Christmas Mood with ‘A Winters Tale’ and ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’. Before the event started, the audience arrived to the choir singing song around the tree in the entrance.
Year 12 comperes Tom Crabtree and Eve Appleton Scott guided the audience through the evening very skilfully and also took a turn performing themselves. Thanks went to the Sixth Form for providing refreshments, parent helper Les Keatley leading the lighting, and of course Head of Music Brian Hocking for pulling it all together. The proceeds from the evening are being shared by Save the Children and the Sixth Form RAG week fund.