Young guitarist Luke Fuest has won this year’s SGS Has Talent Show at Steyning Grammar School.
His fantastic instrumental version of the AC/DC song Thunderstruck wowed the audience at the ninth annual school talent show.
As well as showcasing an array of talent across the school, the event raises valuable funds to support the schooling of eight children in Malawi.
Year-ten student Leo Ghorishi hosted the evening, which included entertainment from students and staff.
A big impression was made by Dewi Kassim, Kezzi Blackmore and Muni Lane with their mashup performance of Toxic and Crazy in Love, which took them to second place.
Year-seven student Sienna Walker danced her way into joint third place with a quality routine. She tied with Ben Waring, who performed the Frank Sinatra classic New York, New York.
The opening song, Read My Mind, was performed by Eva Payton-White and Maya Brasington.
Isobel Rudd played her violin, Kenny Adebanjo performed a medley of piano songs, James Sparkes played Danse de la Chèvre on the flute, Georgia Saunders played Rue des Cascades on the piano and there was a glitzy dance performance from duo Nathan Chesney and Akinmayowa Akinrimisi.
Dom Diez created his own composition on the night, with the aid of his guitar and a loop pedal, impressing the audience by gradually building up layer upon layer of sound.
School staff band The Zimmers played during the evening, as well as accompanying Siena Chipol and Sarah Shaw with their song, Halo.
Another highlight was a performance from last year’s winner Maisie Peters.
Show organiser Katie Brownings said: “We had a really varied programme this year with more dance performances than usual. It is always good to see boys dancing.
“This year we raised another incredible £867 for the Malawian branch of our Steyning family. This money will help us to provide the much-needed ongoing support to this family.
“As usual, I had a fantastic team of sixth form helpers, Madi Feary, Gina Foice, Millie Cross, Charlotte Pegler, Lucy Moon and Yasmin Lichioui, who ran the whole show and big thanks go to this year’s staff judges, Mr Joe Blatch, Ms Anna Morris and Mr John Huffman.”
The school has been raising money to help one family in Lilongwe, Malawi, for some years. Mum Steria has single-handedly raised seven young children, her daughter, nieces and nephews, plus one girl who she took in when she was abandoned.
Education in Malawi costs a fortune and the money raised over the last ten years has enabled all these children to remain in school almost continually.
Sarai, the eldest, has completed university and has a good job working for a Portuguese road company. Kumvana and Chisomo are in the middle of their university courses, Patsy and Tupo have passed the entrance exam to secondary school and the three brothers, Philip, Joseph and Fabiano, are all doing well in primary school.
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