The 2019 Rock Concert saw young rock musicians wow a packed Hammond Theatre as Lower Sixth pupil Josh Bartholomew reports:
The traditionally excellent Junior Rock Band began the night with a brilliant performance of rock classics – Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Dani California’, and ‘Uprising’ by Muse. Keeping up the standard and illustrating that young musicians coming through the School seem to 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, with Fourth Year Tom Wykes performing ‘Figure it Out,’ while ‘Home’ will be released by What Happens Next, made up of boys from Fourth and Fifth years, 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 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!