One Night Only at St Aidan’s

Over 80 talented youngsters from St Aidan’s CE High School took to the stage of Harrogate Theatre to present a dazzling whirlwind of performances entitled ‘One Night Only’.

As the curtain rose it soon became apparent that this was to be one night of scintillating, moving and spine-tingling performances.

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The 40 members of the school’s student Symphony Orchestra ranged across the back of the stage, enchanted the audience with music by Tchaikovsky, ballet dancers interpreting Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet before them.

Year 13 student Ellie Pollock’s beautiful violin solo, the Mediation from Thais, accompanied delicately by the orchestra was an early highlight for the audience.

There followed delight upon delight as the audience was treated to excerpts from musicals and shows, ranging from Miss Saigon – a stirring performance of Bui Doi by Joe Beighton here - to Avenue Q - the quartet of Abi Finder, Katie MacCallum, Katherine Meade and Anna Wicks performing with gusto in Fine Line.

The full company’s hugely energetic staging of Rhythm of Life ended the first half with energy and power.

Act Two revealed even more top-notch performances, including songs from The Lion King, Dreamgirls and Rent.

Ellie Husband’s solo dance to With You from Ghost was incredibly moving and the emotional heart of the evening.

For many, a real highlight was the superb performance by three boys (Nick Dickinson, Jeremy Davidson and Kailum Farmery) of the complicated Alvin Ailey choreography to Sinner man.

Edd Soper’s relaxed and assured performance of High Flying, Adored from Evita was another memorable moment in this kaleidoscope of talent.

Two numbers from Sister Act were amusingly and brilliantly performed by Lydia Bradd, Millie Gaston, Ellie Husband, Rosie Sharp, Hollie-Ann Lowe and Izzie Dunsmore.

After the dance group, Aidance, had greatly impressed with the title song One Night Only, the full company raised Harrogate Theatre’s roof with the rocking finale - Steal Your Rock and Roll.

A showcase such as this is only possible with the dedication and commitment of many, notably on this occasion dance, music and performing arts teachers Miss Susannah Miller, Mrs Louisa Collett and Mrs Jo Leonard whose skill in inspiring St Aidan’s students to these heights cannot be praised too highly.

One Night Only, but what a night!