Held on the 20th December the Ash Manor School Concert, ‘A Christmas Journey’ took the audience on an interesting and surprising musical adventure where old complemented new and the talents of the students and teachers were showcased excellently.

Miss Lewington with Mr Garrido about to draw the prize

The evening began with an introduction from Head Teacher Mr Gurrido and the drawing of the first and second prizes for the annual Christmas prize draw. The two prizes were drawn by Roxanne Lewington from Mackenzie Smith Estate Agents who donated the top £100 cash prize.

The audience were then treated to an unusual ceremonial welcome from Catherine Capper on the traditional Japanese Taiko Drum, then introduced to the adapted retelling of Charles Dickens novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ which would take the audience from song to song. Although blighted with absence due to illness the remaining students stepped up and performed brilliantly to the delight of the audience.

The music was highly emotive, from an upbeat updated version of ‘First Noel’, to a fun rendition of pop song ‘Troublemaker’ sung in the charts by Olly Murrs, a beautifully harmonised and emotional version of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’, cheery and classically Christmas ‘Feed the world’ presented by the staff band, then following on to the more traditional ‘Silent Night’, less traditional ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ and then on to judging of Christmas trees and Christmas carols for all to join in, including ‘O Come all ye Faithful’ and ‘We wish you a merry Christmas’.

All this entertainment was followed by mulled wine, mince pies and refreshments whilst the draw for the remaining Raffle prizes was carried out. The raffle raised just about £500 for the school which is an excellent result. It was a very entertaining and high spirited event with many a proud parent watching on.