Hampton School’s Rock Concert 2020 saw musicians from across the Year Groups wow a packed Hammond Theatre, with soloists and bands performing rock classics and original numbers.
Junior Rock Band A opened the show with their rendition of Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water and Reapers by Muse, followed by Third Year group Papercut who entertained the audience with Hypersonic Missiles by Sam Fender. The Intermediate Rock School’s performance of Seek and Destroy by Metallica and Just by Radiohead were big hits with the appreciative audience and Sixth Form group What Happens Next impressed with original number Killing Time.
The second half kicked off with Junior Rock Band B who received rapturous applause for their rendition of Lynryd Skynrd’s Sweet Home Alabama and Best of You by the Foo Fighters. There were also a number of Sixth Form soloists throughout the evening, with impressive performance from Tobias Droy, Ewan Samms, Alfie Hannan, Theo Bailey and Max Elliott. Sixth Form band North by South West were joined on stage by Elvis Presley (Sixth Former Nick Stoner) as they produced an electric atmosphere with their rendition of A Little Less Conversation.
Ably presided over by compères Josh Bartholomew and Alfie Hannan, the Hammond Theatre was treated to an eclectic mix of music accompanied by dazzling visual and special effects that contributed to a spectacular evening. Senior Rock Band closed the show with a powerful performance of rock classic The Chain by Fleetwood Mac, bringing the Hammond Theatre to their feet.
Music teacher, and organiser of the evening, Mr Alex Fox, congratulated all those involved in Rock Concert 2020:
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I was blown away by the high standard of performances in the gig. The variety of music across all age groups of the School was a joy to behold. Thanks go to Mr Willmott and Mr Pym for their expert tuition of the Rock School bands and incredible help on the night. And on behalf of the boys, I would like to extend my thanks to Mr Eliot and Mr Thompson for putting on such an incredible spectacle in the Hammond. Rock On!