On the warmest day of the year, crowds gathered on the terraces behind Mansion for a joyful, and as one audience member termed it, ‘europhic’ evening of rock and pop music.
The audience was treated to a range of different songs and styles, featuring everything from Jonny Cash’s Fulsome Prison Blues, expertly sung by Sixth Former Keaton Smout, to the soaring David Guetta club anthem Titanium, sung by Isa Johnstone, which set spines tingling.
Highlights included the Prep School Choir’s rendition of S Club 7’s hit Reach. There was great audience participation throughout the performance of The Lumineers’ Hey Ho, and Yolanda Gumpo impressed with her version of Beyonce’s Love on Top, this year’s winning House Music song. As Head of Voice and Choirs Sara Reynolds commented, Yolanda’s singing was even better than Beyonce’s herself.
A new venture for Seaford this year has been the Jazz Band, which has proved to be hugely successful. Fresh from their impressive performance at Langham Brewery, where owner Lesley Foulkes praised them for being ‘exceptional,’ they kicked off the evening in style with classics Feeling Good and Fever. Abbey Caveney was another of the evening star performers; singing George Ezra’s Budapest with haunting and soulful grace.
The evening contained a couple of surprises too. Several members of the teaching staff took to the stage in coordinating beige chinos, white shirts and sunglasses to form boyband ‘Take This.’ Their rendition of the Backstreet Boys classic I Want it That Way was performed with an abundance of flair and was an audience favourite.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening was the performance by Headmaster John Green, who had pledged to sing if £500 was raised for the forthcoming choir tour to Paris. In the end, enough funds were raised, so Mr Green was good to his word and sang Tom Jones’ Green Green Grass of Home. He proved to be a natural performer, and had the entire audience swaying together.
The finale of the evening was a dazzling rendition of Mark Ronson’s hit Uptown Funk. All the performers joined together, and had audience members dancing in front of the stage. It is was a fitting end to an amazing evening that truly showcased the enormous and varied talents of Seaford College’s Music Department.
Sara Reynolds, who organised the event, said: “Seafordstock is getting better and better each year, it’s growing and growing. All the students performed so well, they are my rock stars, and I am looking forward to doing it all again next year.”