TALENTED students provided two hours of musical entertainment at Steyning Grammar School’s autumn concert on Thursday.
Parents and residents packed the drama hall at the Shooting Field site to celebrate a wide variety of musical talent.
Canto Celeste, a combined transition choir made up of gifted and talented students from five primary schools, sang alongside year seven and eight Steyning students.
The choir was set up last year to help identify and encourage up-and-coming talent and provide key performance opportunities.
Mr Jon Reeves, director of music at Steyning Grammar School, said: “We are delighted to have been able to showcase the rich talents of Steyning students and in particular our partnership with the other local primary schools for the enjoyment of our local community.”
The diverse programme of entertainment included several new groups – a rock choir led by Rachel Hawker, folk group led by Valerie Will and jazz band led by Jenny Smith.
Mr Reeves added: “We are particularly pleased to have a wealth of new talent this year and new group leaders from our links with the West Sussex Music Service, an organisation the provides music tuition and valuable opportunities for music within schools.”
Cut the Chord, a group of year 12 and 13 students who are showcasing at The Roundhouse in Camden over half term, played some of their own songs.
Also performing were the senior choir, The Rock Factory and The Canto Celeste Choir.
A poignant moment was Evie Taylor singing How Could I Ever Know, which gave the audience a time to reflect on the death of former student James Brynin, who died in action in Afghanistan recently.
Mr Reeves said: “When we lose children and young people, it leaves us with many mysteries to grapple with and understand, and there cannot be a greater loss than a child or young person.
“We remember him as a part of our Steyning family.”
Money raised from this concert will go to the music department to help fund new instruments and music.