STUDENTS from the island’s secondary schools are putting the finishing touches to song, dance, music and poetry that they will perform at Friday’s 11/11/11 concert at the Villa Marina.
The gala concert, on the theme of The Angel and the Fallen, and an act of remembrance, is the climax of a year of celebrations marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Royal British Legion.
Castle Rushen High School’s Big Band, made up of a dozen 13- to 18-year-olds, will play two wartime favourites, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square and In the Mood.
Conductor John Kinley, from the Department of Education and Children’s music service, said: ‘It’s a pleasure to support such a worthy cause as the Royal British Legion, which does such sterling work to support the both current and former members of our armed forces and their families.’
Bethanie Christian, Francesca Glover, Graihagh Brew, Hannah McCune and Nicole Kenny will represent Ballakermeen, singing two songs and performing two solo dances.
Janet Foster, head of performing arts at Queen Elizabeth II High School, said: ‘Fourteen year 11 students who are studying GCSE performing arts have created a dance to go with extracts of music from The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins.’
Ramsey Grammar School’s Brass Band will appear under the baton of Jennifer Cook, head of brass and percussion for the music service. Twenty-one students aged 11 to 18 are involved. Miss Cook said: ‘The brass band is delighted to represent RGS for such a worthy cause.’
St Ninian’s Upper School Choir will sing Home by Gillies, Buble and Chang, and You Raise Me Up by Graham and Lovland.
Primary and secondary schools have been involved throughout the 90th anniversary celebrations, with assemblies, a tea dance and poetry, poster and art competitions.
The poster advertising Friday’s concert is based on a winning design by Christopher Whiting, aged 14, a student at King William’s College. He was featured in a story in this week’s Isle of Man Examiner.
Other poster entries, together with entries for the poetry and school work of art competitions, will be on display in the Villa Marina Colonnade Suite from 6.30pm on the evening of the concert.
At the concert, Castle Rushen students Rachel Frankwick, Megan Howland and Rachel Staniford will read out the poems that won them first, second and third place in the Key Stage 3 section of the poetry competition.
The concert, directed by John Bethell MBE, will also feature the KWC chapel choir, the Isle of Man Wind Orchestra, Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums and Castletown Metropolitan Silver Band. Tickets are priced at £10 and are available from the Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre box office by calling 600555 or from website www.villagaiety.com