Harrogate students prepare for Royal Hall performance

Students prepare for the performance (s)
Students prepare for the performance (s)

A Harrogate associated sixth form is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a musical extravaganza at Harrogate’s historic Royal Hall.

St Aidan’s Church of England High School and St John Fisher operate a joint sixth form comprising 1,200 students.

The Con Spirito concert on Friday, October 25 will involve groups and ensembles from both schools.

Mark Pallant, Head of Music at St. Aidan’s said: “The arts have always been at the forefront of both schools and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate 40 years of Association than to hold a grand concert.”

The concert will feature a combined orchestra, wind band, choir, big band and dance performances.

Craig Ratcliffe is Head of Music at St. John Fisher.

He said: “We will be closing the concert with the spectacular choral work ‘Flower of York’, which was premiered at the Harrogate International Festival at Easter, followed by Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, The 1812 Overture’.

We invite all musicians, whatever their standard to join us for the finale items to really make the evening a special event for everyone.”

The schools are inviting former members of the sixth form to join in the performance.

A spokesperson said: “The concert in the Royal Hall will certainly be something special.

“Every single group and ensemble will be made up of students from both schools – the first time this has ever happened in the history of the Association.

“In what promises to be a spectacular evening of music and dance, former members of the Sixth Form are also invited to come and join current members in performing the finale items.”

The Associated sixth form was founded in 1973.

Headteacher of St John Fisher Catholic High School and Ken Stott Head teacher of St Aidan’s Church of England High School established the link, which sees teaching shared between the two schools.

St Aidan’s, on Oatlands Drive, and Hookstone Drive school St John Fisher organise joint events.

Former students can declare their interest in performing by emailing 40years@staidans.co.uk or 40years@sjfchs.org.uk

Tickets costing £8 (£5) for the performance, which begins at 7.30pm, are available by contacting Mandie Lumley on 01423818534.

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