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QE Popular Music Students Dazzle with Jubilee Inspired Performance

Date Posted: 23/06/2022 | Posted In: Latest news

BTEC Popular Music students from QE have delivered a swinging performance to pupils at St. John’s Church of England Academy to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The lively concert featured several jazz pieces, including Summertime and Sway, which will have been popular at the time of the Queen’s coronation, allowing the pupils to obtain an insight into music from the 1950s. They then thoroughly enjoyed finding out about the different instruments being played by QE students, asking pertinent questions about the drums and guitar. The inspiring event concluded with a performance of a more recent pop hit, Moves Like Jagger, providing a tribute to Mick Jagger who has also celebrated a major milestone of 60 years with the Rolling Stones.

Singer, Daisy Brown, who studies Popular Music, English Literature and Media Studies at QE, comments: ‘Singing at St. John’s Academy was wonderful. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to play live jazz music and teach the children about such an iconic era. Seeing their faces light up and receiving an applause after each song was wholesome and truly made the experience one to remember. Thank you to St. John’s for having us and providing such an unforgettable opportunity for both us and the pupils. We hope to see them again soon’. Mike Hepple, Course Leader for Popular Music, adds: ‘The band were amazing and played with such energy and maturity. It was a delight to see so many children sitting politely cross legged, but still managing to dance to songs and rhythms that are over 70 years old. They loved them!’