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The Spring 2008 Show happened in two parts on Sunday 16th March at Bishop Perowne High School Theatre and both shows were great! We had 23 different acts in total across both shows and what a cracking event it was.

To view all the photos of the concert in detail click here, but in the meantime here's a slideshow of photos from the concert:

 

SHOW 1

The first show started at 2:30pm and was for the Juniors (8-13 age group).

Things started energetically with Jade, Suzi, Katie, Alfie, Dani, Ciaran, Toby and Ethan blasting out their rendition of Chelsea Dagger by the Fratellis. This was a great performance and the perfect start to the show.

Next up were Tao, Jack, Harry, Dominic and Joe who did a great performance of Readymade by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. It was great to see Tao singing and playing and Dom keeping everyone tight on the riffs. Nice work guys!

The third band were Trent, Matt, Dom, Ollie and Bradley with Lee (tutor) and they performed If Everyone Cared by Nickelback. This was a strong performance by the guys, and Trent yet again demonstrated his front-man skills by singing and playing to a high standard. Great stuff.

Sam (K), Arnold, Jack and Sam (P) took to the stage next with Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi and Teenage Kicks by the Undertones. Two great songs performed really well by these guys. Sam (K) has impressed us all with his singing and playing skills and Sam (P) has improved massively on the drums of late. The whole band performed really well.

The single syllable band were up next in the shape of Josh, Nat, Tom, Dom, Ant and Ben with Jez (tutor) helping them out too. They performed Custard Pie by Led Zeppelin and Thunderstruck by AC/DC. Ant's lead playing was stunning as usual and it was great to hear Nat and Josh singing so confidently. This band really enjoy performing.

The final Junior band comprised Nick, Will, Joe, Robyn, Jade (again) and Luke. They performed Rockstar by Nickelback. Another great bit of singing from Jade and the band played the song flawlessly. An excellent end to the Junior show!

...and with that everyone left and we prepared for the next show...

SHOW 2

The Senior (13-18 age group) show was our big Sunday evening event and much longer than the earlier show. Playing to a full house the following bands set to work...

The first half began with Connor, Paris, Ben and Simon who performed Burn the Witch by Queens of the Stone Age, Slow RIde by Foghat and Lay Down by Priestess. These guys always pick really interesting songs and are great musicians. An excellent start to the show...

James Mattey took to the stage next with his acoustic version of Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. This was the first time I've heard James sing on his own and it was great! A really excellent voice.

Gabriel, Alex, Adam and Henry were on next with their cover of the Foo Fighters and another track. This was a decent performance by the guys who are improving with each gig. This is what we like to see!

Luke was accompanied by Joe for the first of his two vocal tracks which was Machines by Biffy Clyro. He tackled The Adventure by Angels and Airwaves on his own. Nice job Luke!

Hayley, Sophie, Josie and Miriam were on next with their covers of I Predict a Riot by the Kaiser Chiefs, American Idiot by Green Day and Lost and Found by Feeder. The girls have worked really hard this term and achieved a lot. They seem to work really well together and put on a good performance.

Three of the girls stayed on stage next for a performance of All About You by McFly where Sophie kept things together on guitar while Hayley and Josie sang harmony. Nice one!

Will, Ed, Ben, Jack and Dan were on next with their set. These guys have really gelled as a band and have a great classic rock vibe to them. They performed She Builds Quick Machines by Velvet Revolver, TNT by AC/DC.

Then Ollie, Harry and Jake took to the stage with their multi-talented roadshow. They began by playing as a band performing Moving to New York by the Wombats and then Even Flow by Pearl Jam. Great stuff.

The guys then rearranged themselves as an acoustic act and Ollie sang Room on the 3rd floor by McFly with the others providing the guitars. Harry and Jake then performed Hero by Enrique Iglesias. These guys are great!

The first half ended with a solo track by Harry and it was a real revelation! Harry's been to WSRP for years as a bassist and now suddenly he's an amazing singer and acoustic guitarist too... Very good performance Harry!

The second half began with Joe, Luke, Ben, Joel and Lee. These guys did really well to put this set together at short-notice after my re-scheduling of the show left them without Chris who can play guitar, drums and sing. With Lee (tutor) helping out they performed well - the highlight being their cover of Bombtrack by Rage Against the Machine. Impressive stuff! They also performed I Found Out by the Pigeon Detectives and Mens Needs by The Cribs.

Ed and Will took to the stage next performing When We're Old Men by Yellow Card as a tribute to Ed (and Ben's) mum. Will sang brilliantly and Ed's playing was flawless! This was a really moving performance helped along by Sue (tutor) who played violin with them.

James, Russel, Ben and Damien rocked the house with Welcome to the Jungle by Guns'n'Roses. Lee and Dean (tutors) helped out on this piece which really came together well. Great solos by Russel and James who worked especially hard this term.

Connor was up next with his acoustic performance of The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot by Brand New. Connor has become a staple of our shows now with his solo pieces which are always a real treat. Nice one man!

I'm not sure where to start with the next band... ok... Christine, Nathan, Callum, Shane and Gaz kind of broke some rules on stage. They began by performing a Kiss song called Deuce which was really decent. Then they performed Beelzeboss by Tenacious D and they had promised to change the explicit to something else - but they didn't! Musically the performance was excellent, albeit with an adult humour diabolical theme. They completed their set with I Believe in a Thing Called Love by The Darkness. Excellent playing and singing all round. Great stuff guys! (apart from the lyrics thing).

Christine and Nathan returned to the stage next to perform a song by The Used and another track. Christine is a recent revelation to us with her voice (originally known to us as a fine bassist) which is excellent and really unique. Nathan provided superb accompaniment on the guitar and some harmony vocals.

James from When Darkness Falls (see below) was our final acoustic act of the evening. He performed one cover and a song he'd written himself which he dedicated to his girlfriend. Two excellent songs performed really well. Nice one James!

When Darkness Falls graced the stage of WSRP for the last time and fittingly were our headline act of the evening. WDF play dynamic, progressive metal and write all their own material. They're the kind of metal band that have enough depth to draw an audience of alien musical tastes into their world. We at WSRP like WDF and wish them all the best in the future. Good luck guys! Don't be strangers.

After that we packed up and wended our way home...

See you next term! It starts on April 26th 2008.

Brian.