'On Wednesday 24 June 2015 the audience of Gig Night 17 were treated to another night of fantastic music from the pupils of Cokethorpe. As always, the choice of music was diverse, ranging from Rihanna to George Gershwin to Coldplay and everything in between.
There was some outstanding performances all around, Olivia Stacey (First Form, Swift) sang a fabulous version of Alicia Keys New York and Grace Ettinger (First Form, Harcourt) sang a Manhattan Transfer song Chanson D’Amour both accompanied by some wonderful piano playing by Thomas Christensen (Lower Sixth, Swift).
Annie Bell (Third Form, Gascoigne) and Sophie Wheeler (Third Form, Swift) sang a Beyonce song Crazy in Love but with a slow flavour poured over it; backed by Ed Binnie (Third Form, Harcourt) on bass, Harry Brown (Third Form, Vanbrugh) on guitar, Charlie Clarke (Second Form, Harcourt) on piano and Joe McBride (Third Form, Gascoigne) on drums.
Anna De Buriatte Moglia (Fourth Form, Harcourt) sang a lovely version of Home by Gabrielle Aplin, accompanied by India Hurford-Jones (Fourth Form, Swift) on piano. Fredi Traish (Third Form, Swift), Ollie Charles (Third Form, Gascoigne) and Joe McBride played an acoustic version of Hold Back the River by James Bay singing in harmony. Athis (Second Form, Feilden) and Cameron Knox (Fourth Form, Feilden) performed a version of The Foo Fighters song Everlong, with Athis singing and Cameron playing guitar which was well received by the audience.
A very smooth version of Clocks by Coldplay was performed by Millie Richards (First Form, Vanbrugh) on vocals, Tom Whittenbury (First Form, Vanbrugh) on guitar, Sam Hunt (First Form, Gascoigne) on cajon, George Langford (First Form, Vanbrugh) on bass and Mr Gower on guitar. Sixth Form students gave some great performances, including Harry Lovibond (Upper Sixth, Queen Anne) who sang a cracking version of a James Taylor song called Our Town and Aimee Epelle (Upper Sixth, Queen Anne) who sang a wonderful old song Dream A Little Dream Of Me in the style of Mama Cass which went down a storm with the audience.
Will Riman (Third Form Feilden) performed two jazzy songs on trumpet; Summertime by George Gershwin and The Preacher by Horace Silver to great effect. Wilf Cartwright (Fourth Form, Queen Anne) and Jamie Langford (Fifth Form, Vanbrugh) ended the evening with an rocky flavour which had everyone tapping their feet before bringing on Danny Pye (Upper Sixth, Vanbrugh) who rocked with them to end the night.
Danny Pye is one of a handful of students who have played in nearly all of the Gig Nights since the very first one, so thank you Danny for the years of music the people have enjoyed from you and the others who have performed over the years and will be moving on to university. This has truly been another great year with three fantastic gig nights. For those who have not yet attended a Gig Night before you are missing out on seeing the musical talent the School has to offer.
Thanks must be given to the CPA for providing refreshments for all the Gig Nights, and to Nathan Byng, Laurence Lodge (Lower Sixth, Vanbrugh), Matt Roche (Fifth Form, Queen Anne), Alex Jobling (Fifth Form, Swift), Hayden Camidge (Second Form, Vanbrugh) and Elliott Swancott (Third Form, Vanbrugh) for all their technical support. Thanks also go to Mr Gower and Mr Hillsdon for their musical support and to all the performers who have performed in the shows over the course of the year.'