The pupils are well into rehearsals of what is bound to be another spectacular Seaford show. The cast involves students from years 3-13, and the show will be the first of its kind in our new Performing Arts space in the Johnson Centre. Continue reading
Seafordstock 2017 was certainly a night to remember. We were blessed with an absolutely stunning evening for the occasion, the marquee outside Mansion House had been converted into a fantastic stage, and the hill outside Mansion House became packed with students, teachers and parents, keen to watch Seaford’s musical talent perform their very best.
There were performers from right across Seaford College, from the Prep School, Senior School and Sixth Form, and it was an absolutely glorious celebration of music. Several Seaford students had written and performed their own pieces, the Junior Choristers sang their heart out, and as the night unrolled some of Seaford’s more regular performers took to the stage.
On Wednesday 10th May, four Seaford students made the trip to All Saints Church in Lindfield for a concert run by Tiger Arts, and performed a fantastic recital for the audience.
Sara Reynolds, Director of Performing Arts at Seaford, was very proud of their efforts. “This was a new venture for Seaford College. The four students gave a varied programme of solo and ensemble performances, ranging from operatic arias, Continue reading
Seaford held four performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, kicking off with an open dress rehearsal and then 3 nights of performances.
The show was fun and energetic throughout, with fantastic turns from the principals and the supporting cast. Sara Reynolds, Director of Performing Arts at Seaford, was thrilled with how the show went.
“I couldn’t be more proud. The work ethic was incredible from the students and the staff that were involved and the outcome was more than I could have hoped for. It is an enormous task taking on a show like the Pirates of Penzance, with a cast of over sixty students and a back stage team and everybody put in a huge amount of work. It was a great learning curve for everyone involved and I think we entertained our audiences which is what we set out to do.”
Two of Seaford’s Senior students, Zachary McArthur and Yolanda Gumpo, spoke to us about taking part in the show. “I was so proud to be part of the production,” said Zachary. “I was delighted to get the role of Major General Stanley because it was a fun part to play and enabled me to expand my acting skills in front of an audience. We got an amazing reaction from the audiences and that was wonderful after all the hard work that had gone into the production.”
Yolanda found it a great experience. “The cast ranged from Year 7’s to Year 13’s and it was great to work with students from across the school. As one of the senior cast members I enjoyed working with the younger students and helping them backstage and it was a real team effort.”
“It was an amazing performance last night – so energetic and funny. Well done. We also loved the seaside nibbles in the candy stripe bags” was one comment on Seaford’s Facebook page.
We can’t wait for the next big Seaford production!
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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.”
Seaford College Prep School gave a dazzling performance of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat last week. Eighty students from Years 2 to 8 took part in the production, with Nick Easton taking the title role and Ben Clark as the Pharaoh.
The role of the Narrator was divided between five students including two of the cast’s youngest members, Charlotte Cragg and Lauren Goldsmith.
Head of the Prep School Sebastian Rees said that the show was “an example of what the Prep School does best, making education fun.”
Head of Drama Dr Jane Askew said, “The performing arts are thriving at Seaford College, with events happening throughout the year. It is very exciting to see the younger students emerging with such talent.”
Musicians and singers from both the Prep and Senior School performed a range of acoustic songs, featuring everything from George Ezra to John Legend, James Bay to The Lumineers, as well as a variety of jazz classics.
The event was organised by Head of Voice and Choirs Sara Reynolds, and Acting Director of Music Jeremy Weaver, who were both delighted by the support shown by all those who attended and very proud of all students who performed.
The Music Department’s next big event is Seafordstock on Wednesday 1st July, to find out more CLICK HERE.
Seaford College Prep School are delighted to invite you their performance of the musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th June. Performances start at 7.00pm and will take place in the Assembly Hall. Admission is free, but you are invited to make a donation to the forthcoming Prep School Choir Tour.
Refreshments are available in the Hollington Centre before the show, and we look forward to welcoming you.
We are delighted to invite you to ‘Seafordstock,’ one of the highlights of our musical calendar, on Wednesday 1st July. Seafordstock is a fantastic evening featuring many of our students performing rock and pop classics, with student bands and solo performances.
The event will take place on the terraces behind Mansion. Gates open at 6.00pm with performances starting at 6.30pm. Please bring your own picnics, refreshments and picnic blankets, and join us for this glorious evening of rock, pop and dancing. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.
The Choir Tour to Paris will depart on the 5th July for four days, and Seaford’s choristers have been busy fundraising by performing a variety of spellbinding concerts.
Headmaster John Green has stepped in to offer his assistance for the Choir’s fundraising efforts. He has pledged to sing live at Seafordstock on the 1st July if the target of £500 can be raised by the 18th June.
Last year’s Seafordstock, expertly composed by Head of Voice and Choirs Sara Reynolds, was the biggest event in the festival’s history. Held outdoors on the beautiful lawns behind Mansion; songs ranged from Adele’s Make You Feel My Love to Wheatus’ Teenage Dirtbag. This year’s event promises to be even better than ever, especially if enough money can be raised to get Mr Green to sing live.
You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 by texting TOUR20 to 70070. If you want to text twice it won’t cost you more.
Join the Seaford College Choir for a very special French themed concert at 7.30pm on Friday 8th May and help raise money for the choir tour to Paris.The concert will showcase a variety of French songs and will take place at Mansion. Tickets cost £10 and include a cheese and wine supper to be served throughout the performance. All proceeds will go towards the upcoming choir tour to Paris in July.
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Due to popular demand, Seaford for the first time hosted not one but two resoundingly successful Burns Nights. Held on consecutive evenings, the event was organised by Bill and Alana Cuthbertson, who first started organising Burns Night over sixteen years ago.
The traditional evening of haggis and merriment was held in Seaford’s beautiful Mansion House, where guests enjoyed a drinks reception in front of a roaring fire in the Garden Room, and were entertained by The Piper, Callum Armstrong. Callum Armstrong, who has been piping at Seaford’s Burns Night since he was barely a teenager, also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed film War Horse as a piper in the opening scene.
In impressive style, The Piper piped in the guests for supper. The Haggis was then piped in and paraded around Seaford’s magnificent dining room. Paul Bain addressed the Haggis with the traditional ‘Address to the Haggis’ by Robert Burns: ‘His knife see rustic Labour dight/An’ cut you up wi’ ready sleight/Trenching your gushing entrails bright/Like ony ditch/And then, O what a glorious sight/Warm-reekin’, rich!’
Guests were also entertained by an impressive performance from Seaford’s choir, led by Sara Reynolds, and by Jeanine Thorpe, the award-winning and internationally acclaimed violinist.
The night was finished off in style by Headmaster John Green and rugby coach and former Scottish Rugby International Bill Cuthbertson, who joined together to sing Flower of Scotland, whilst wearing kilts and ginger wigs. John Green said: ‘Thank you to all the parents who attended and made both evenings so special and memorable. I would also like to thank Bill and Alana Cuthbertson who continue to organise the event so incredibly well.’
Burns Nights have been a part of the Seaford calendar for over 16 years. Bill and Alana Cuthbertson first started the tradition by arranging Burns Nights for Sixth Formers, when they were Sixth Form houseparents back in 1998. Bill said: ‘it’s a fantastic tradition that is growing in popularity each year and it was an absolute pleasure to have John Green accompany me in the unofficial Scottish Anthem.’
Held in Woking, the BAWR Awards were attended by 300 guests, who gathered together to celebrate the achievements of African women. BAWR was founded by Lindani Moyo in 2013 with the motivation of inspiring women to pursue their dreams, and to celebrate the great work of women in the community. Award categories included fashion design, social and humanitarian work, business and art. The lifetime achievement award was awarded to Justina Mutale who founded Positive Runway: A Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread, a worldwide HIV/AIDS awareness campaign.
Yolanda performed two songs at the Awards, including Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect,’ and Sarah MacLachlan’s ‘Angel.’ She said: ‘I really enjoyed the fact it was such an intimate concert. It was very exciting and a good thing to add to my portfolio. I was really inspired by the women there; my mum was in awe of the African musicians.’
Yolanda is one to watch. She is a regular performer in the Seaford College Choir, and she has performed alongside Gary Barlow, as well as performing at Seafordstock, which is held every July in Seaford’s beautiful grounds.
She was asked to do a solo for ITV Meridian in the run up to the concert with Gary Barlow, which you can watch below.
Following last year’s hugely successful Choral Day, Seaford College Prep School welcomed talented and enthusiastic singers from Easebourne and Duncton Primary Schools, Amberley First School, Pennthorpe and Dunnanie (Bedales) Schools to a Singing Day on Tuesday. 45 visiting children joined with Seaford College Prep School’s own choir to enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of their normal lessons and immerse themselves in a day of fun and song.
Some of our visitors were experienced choir members and some were new to choral singing, so Seaford’s Head of Voice and Choirs, Sara Reynolds and Director of Music, Jeremy Weaver took time to make sure all the voices were warmed up and ready to go, before we started the main rehearsals. As a whole choir, the children were introduced to a jazzy version of Good King Wenceslas and the very beautiful carol One Candle Lights the Way, before splitting into their two parts for separate alto and soprano sessions.
The whole choir came together again after lunch in the school’s assembly hall, for the final rehearsals and their performance. The children were joined by band members who accompanied the performance as well as by two members of Seaford’s Chapel Choir, Holly Graham and Beci Eden who thrilled and amazed the audience with their wonderful singing of the Flower Duet from Lakme, by Leo Delibes. Freya Jenkins said, “I would love to be able to sing like Beci and Holly, they were brilliant, I was blown away by it.” Ben Clark added, “Since singing with Holly at the Gary Barlow concert this year I have been really inspired by her. I really enjoyed singing with the other schools today.”
Sebastian Rees, Headmaster of Seaford College Prep School told the choir that, “this was a wonderful day for all of us” and that he had been “really impressed with the quality of singing and speed with which you have all learnt your singing parts”.
Seaford College Prep School would like to thank all our visitors for helping to make this day such a success and very much hope they will come and sing with us again.
Seaford College Prep School is delighted to invite applications for Academic, Music, Sport and Art Scholarships for September 2015. This will complement the College’s existing 13+ and 16+ Scholarships. Exams and assessments for 11+ awards will take place in February 2015. All 11+ candidates will be interviewed by the Prep School Headmaster, Mr Sebastian Rees. The Scholarship award available is £500 per annum.
Please contact the Prep School (firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01798 867893) for more details.
It was a fun evening of festive favourites and undoubtedly reminded us all that the festive season is almost upon us. It was a joyful way to spend an evening relaxing to the sounds of our fabulous musicians, choirs and vocalists in the beautiful relaxed setting of the Dining Room.
Thank you to everyone who donated to the choir tour. A special mention to Butlins, they made a very generous donation, Seaford College Choir will be performing Christmas carols at Butlins this Sunday. If you were unable to attend the Christmas Crackers Concert but would like to donate, Sara Reynolds and the Choir would be most grateful. Some of our choristers will not be able to come on the choir tour unless they fund raise for their whole payment.
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Join the Music Department for the Christmas Crackers Concert, on Tuesday 9 December, for a light hearted evening of festive music. The concert features Singing, Choirs, The Seaford Jazz Band and The Flute Choir performing Christmas Classics including White Christmas, Mary’s Boy Child and Fairytale of New York. The concert is in aid of the Choir Tour to Paris in 2015 and costs £5 per ticket including mince pies and mulled wine. The evening starts at 6.30pm in the Dining Hall, Mansion.
We hope you can join us for a fun filled evening of Christmas music to get you into the festive spirit.
Come and join Seaford College Choir singing at St Peter’s Eaton Square on 3 December at 6.30 pm. Take a break from the Christmas preparations and enjoy this magical Carol Service. This is a free event.
The Choir has been rehearsing for the event, expertly led by Sara Reynolds. Sara is Head of Voice & Choirs at Seaford College and Head of Voice and Choirs at the Junior Royal Academy.