Review: Michaelmas Illumination

Category: Events

The Michaelmas Illumination took place in the Marlburian, a change of venue from the Memorial Hall, which is currently being restored. Run by Martha Doyne (MO U6) and Millie McKelvey (EL U6), the evening promised to be a very entertaining one, showcasing the plethora of talent from the pupil body across the year groups.

The evening kicked off with an original piece by lyrical genius Freddie Elmberg (BH U6) whose heart-warming song called ‘Teddy and Tilly’ described a couple he met at an old people’s home. His outstanding vocals accompanied by the expert piano playing we have come to love so much had the crowd held in awed silence. I reckon we’ve found our generation’s Ed Sheeran. 

Freddie was followed by a completely different style of performance, a stand-up comedy routine on life as a Muslim in 2017 by Mohammed Sheikh (C2 U6). His clever, if politically incorrect, insight and wit won much laughter from the audience.

Next up was Biba Tarn (MM Re) on vocals accompanied by Charlie Stafford (MM Re) on the guitar. These two Remove girls from Mill Mead definitely proved their worth with their performance of ‘Stronger Than Me’ which certainly gave Amy Winehouse a run for her money. We look forward to seeing these two in the years to come! 

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Peta Dixon (NC L6) and David Poole (B1 L6) sang a very melodic duet of ‘See you again’ by Tyler, The Creator.  Their voices complimented each other perfectly. Peta sounding very Sophie Ellis-Bextor-esque together with David’s keyboards and harmonising vocals made for a very stylish performance.

Onto what was arguably the most memorable performance of the night, Tom Cook (C1 L6) really roused the crowd with his impressive and amusing, although slightly explicit, rap. With details better left to the imagination, the act was arguably summed up by the words of Head Boy, Virat Talwar (C2 U6), ‘that will probably be a caution’! 

After Tom’s very entertaining performance the crowd hushed again as Jess Walsh Waring (EL U6), Georgia Beattie (IH U6) and Maddy Avery (IH U6) came onto the stage. The trio sang ‘Stay’ by Rihanna, exhibiting the melodic combination of their different but equally euphonious voices. 

Sophie Morelli (CO U6) concluded the night with an extremely impressive solo performance of ‘All I ask’ by Adele. One might think that Adele is pretty hard to match, but Sophie certainly proved us wrong. An extremely impressive culmination to a great evening. 

Many thanks to chief organisers Millie McKelvey and Martha Doyne (MO U6), and hosts Virat Talwar (C2 U6) and Jamie Hartley (CO U6). 

Review by Jess Davy (MM U6)

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