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Christmas Concert

Windsor Park Middle School held their Christmas concert at St. Mary's Church, Uttoxeter, on Tuesday 9th December.  It was posed and tried to answer the question 'What is Christmas?'  Throughout the evening readings, congregational carols, songs and instrumental pieces linked to this theme.  The audience heard of the chaos caused by a puppy, as it played in the house, and were entertained by a sketch performed by Year 7 students where a donkey was complaining bitterly about the baby in his dinner.  The message delivered by Rev. Sue Willetts at the end of the night emphasised that Christmas was about joy, love, peace and hope.  After all the shoppers would not be scurrying, the puppy would not be wrecking the decorations and the carollers would not be enjoying their singing if it had not been for the birth of a very special baby over 2,000 years ago – Jesus Christ.

At the end of the evening a parent commented saying, "Many thanks for a wonderful evening of music, drama and readings.  We thoroughly enjoyed it.  What a huge amount of talent in the school and a lovely way to "get in the Christmas mood".  We appreciate this only happens with a lot of commitment from the teachers, please pass on our thanks and appreciation."

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Summer Concert

Windsor Park Middle School received rapturous applause from the audience attending its Summer Concert last Wednesday.  After a year of piano, drums and electric guitars experimenting with songs which have echoed around the corridors, our own school band performed on stage for the first time.  Band members are Tom J (piano and drums), Aaron J (bass guitar), James C (guitar and drums), Mackenzie S (guitar and piano), Jos B (lead guitar) and James L (percussion).  As part of their performance the audience, old and young alike, felt energetic enough to sing along with 'Let it Be' and 'Come As You Are'.  Band member, Tom J said, "It was exciting.  We were slightly nervous.  It was great to see the audience joining in clapping and singing along".

The band were joined by a variety of other soloists, vocal and instrumental groups who had all been working very hard to make the evening an enjoyable experience.

A parent commented on the evening's entertainment saying, "Fabulous concert.  Very high standard.  Well done to everyone who took part in and organised this event".

There were also some items performed by the newly formed Uttoxeter Area Choir who draw their singers from all three Uttoxeter Middle Schools as well as Thomas Alleyne's High School.  An entertaining and varied evening was enjoyed by all.

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Uttoxeter Youth Choir

The Uttoxeter Youth Choir has been rehearsing regularly, they meet once a week at Windsor Park Middle School from 4.00-5.00pm every Thursday during term time.

The choir is run by professional musicians from Entrust Music and Performing Arts Services.

Our repertoire continues to expand as we enjoy singing a wide variety of songs from folk to pop.  The choir members age from 9 to 15 coming from the middle and high schools in Uttoxeter.  Our weekly rehearsals are lots of fun but at the same time, the students are improving their singing, gaining knowledge in voice and tone production whilst learning valuable performance skills.  We are hoping to perform at local venues and are looking for an opportunity to give our first performance soon.

New members are always very welcome, and with no audition process, just come along and start singing with us.  For more information please contact Sean Omer at sean.omer@entrust-ed.co.uk

Quotes from choir members:

"We do all kinds of different songs which help our voices and builds our confidence." – Holly

"It's fun to sing and make new friends." – Maisie

"It's a really good singing choir with fabulous, enthusiastic pupils." – Caitlin

"It's a fun choir with enthusiastic teachers."