The 2019 Spring Rock Concert saw young rock musicians wow a packed Hammond Theatre as Fifth Year pupil Josh Bartholomew reports:

The traditionally excellent Junior Rock Band opened the night with a performance of rock classics ‘Dani California by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and ‘Uprising’ by Muse. Maintaining the standard and illustrating how young musicians coming through the School improve year upon year, Papercut’s rendition of ‘Feel It Still’ and Analogue Slumber’s ‘Façade’ were massive hits with the appreciative audience.

Original numbers were a theme throughout the night: Fourth Year Tom Wykes performed ‘Figure it Out,’ while ‘Home’ by Fourth and Fifth year group What Happens Next will be released as an EP next week.

The second half of the evening saw the School’s senior musicians take to the stage, with Tobias Droy performing an iconic version of Tom Misch’s ‘Man Like You’ , and the Lower Sixth band, Avenue, carrying out the second Kings of Leon number of the night, ‘Temple’.

The Senior Rock Band closed the show, first performing a psychedelic cover of Gary Jules’ ‘Mad World’, before ending with a powerful rendition of rock classic ‘Hotel California’.

Compères Paul Wilkinson and Denil Manuel presided over the evening with typical good humour and wit. Recognition must also go to our music teachers, Mr Willmott and Mr Pym, who have tutored the School’s rock bands brilliantly for many years now.

Music teacher, and organiser of the evening,  Mr Alex Fox, praised all those involved:

I was simply blown away by how the boys rose to the occasion. The staging, lighting and sound made this akin to a professional event, and based on this showing, the Rock Concert will be in rude health for many years to come. Rock on Hampton!

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