Aderwasley Hall turns school of rock for talent show

Alderwasley Hall school talent show, the Arts Award group perform as a band
Alderwasley Hall school talent show, the Arts Award group perform as a band

Alderwasley Hall was alive with the sound of music last week, as the school staged its annual talent show.

Nearly 30 students took to the stage to perform, ranging from primary age through to sixth form, cheered on by the whole school.

Alderwasley Hall school talent show, performers in the show

Alderwasley Hall school talent show, performers in the show

For any youngster to get up in front of their peers is a big step but every performer took their chance to shine.

Music teacher Peter Backler said: “There were a number of students that had never performed on a stage before, who got up and gave it everything they’d got.

“This was fantastic to see and it shows a huge amount of progress for our students to conquer those nerves and they will be able to build on their confidence more and more with these kind of events.”

He added: “It would be too difficult to pick out one highlight from the show, it was just great to have the whole school all together supporting the event and supporting all of the performers. It was a very special afternoon.

Alderwasley Hall school talent show, performers in the show

Alderwasley Hall school talent show, performers in the show

“They should all be extremely proud of what they’ve achieved”

A panel of judges featuring staff and students were left with the tough task of picking winners.

Fourth place went to a trio who performed an adapted version of Ed Sheeran’s Castle On The Hill, third place went to a first-time performer who sang a beautiful capella piece she had written herself, and second place went to group performing a slapstick Fawlty Towers sketch.

The winning student left no room for doubt with a breath-taking interpretative dance to Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now.

Alderwasley Hall school talent show, performers in the show

Alderwasley Hall school talent show, performers in the show

Peter said: “It was truly like nothing anyone had ever seen before, with a different action and dance move for every lyric in the song.”

The show also featured performances of the Stranglers’ Golden Brown, Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl, the James Bond theme and the Sound of Music classic, My Favourite Things.

It closed with a magic trick that involved one student, one reluctant staff member, an egg and a little bit of a mess.

Every performer received a certificate, with medals and trophies for the winners.

Alderwasley Hall school talent show, organiser Katy Brentnall and head teacher and judge Sara Forsythe with the medals

Alderwasley Hall school talent show, organiser Katy Brentnall and head teacher and judge Sara Forsythe with the medals

Students were also responsible for running the backstage operation, as they looked to complete part of their Arts Award qualification, advertising and organising the event and running the lights and sound.

Peter said: “There was excitement, anticipation and a few nerves too, but ultimately it was a very supportive atmosphere.

“All of the students, both performers and spectators, were enjoying each other’s performances and helping one another to do their very best, it was fantastic to see.”