The TH Christmas Charity Concert took place this week in the Great Hall to an excited crowd of pupils and staff who were noisy enough to match the ‘X Factor’. Thanks to the efficient organisation of the Sixth Form, the concert was staged to support two charities: Amnesty International and the Syrian Refugee charity. Expectations were raised after the successful ‘T’ Festival in the summer of this year and this concert did not disappoint: dance, music and ‘pop videos’ (comprising of both staff and pupils) entertained the audience, with Sara Memon and Anita Sadeghi-Niaraki compering.
Darcey Lees opened the show and set the standard high with her powerful performance of ‘Feeling Good’ (by Muse/ Nina Simone – depending on your era), accompanied by Mr Cheeseman on guitar and Kynza Kendall-Jones on the tambourine. The staff quartet, ‘Santa’s Little Helpers’, also made an appearance clothed in tinselly skirts; Serena Chanoch performed Taylor Swift’s ‘Wildest Dreams’ and Charlotte Wellbeloved sang a poignant version of Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ with Katie Mckenna accompanying her on the piano.
A unique pop video offered a montage of hits, performed by various staff members and expertly filmed and edited by Georgina Harris. And back by popular demand were The Talbot Heathens performing The Pogues' ‘Fairytale of New York with Mr Butcher and Angharad Holloway on lead vocals. They ended with a reggae version of ‘White Christmas’ that gave way to a punk rendition after verse one, much to the delight of the screaming fans.
A huge festive thank you goes to the girls who organised the event (Sofia Wellbeloved, Darcey Lees,Serena Chanoch, Darcie Kermode, Emily Saunders, Gemma Davis and Georgina Harris) and to the staff and girls who supported and performed.
Talbot Heath School, Amnesty Concert 2015 from Talbot Heath on Vimeo.