Musical excellence at Moreton continues with the annual musical soirée event.

A highlight of Moreton’s musical calendar, the musical soirée event saw pupils from Year 7 to Year 13 performing a range of songs, from pop hits by ABBA and Elton John to well-known musical numbers and classical songs. There were also solos performed on the piano, violin, trumpet and flugelhorn, and Moreton’s four choirs also performed.

Alumnae Morgan Darcy Rees-Deacon, an Old Moretonian who left in 2018, travelled from Spain to perform two incredible solo pieces and join in with the Senior School Choirs. Alongside Morgan, other special guests included Dougie Graham and Diana Platts, who were a huge musical inspiration to all.

Moreton Hall realises how important the arts are for young people, and encourages them to engage with the arts as much as possible. Since 2010, arts funding, in the United Kingdom, has seen a dramatic and damaging decline, and in some schools, music has been affected by these cuts.

Moreton celebrates its music success as a finalist in the national Independent Schools of the Year Performing Arts, Music and Drama category. The nomination recognises Moreton Hall’s impressive and dynamic creative arts programme. Local community initiatives such as the Face2Face Performance Academy and the opportunities for musicians within the North Shropshire Music and Training Orchestra were all recognised, in addition to The Holroyd Community Theatre, which is located within the grounds, and draws in audiences from across the region.

Teacher of Music and Vocal Coach, Mrs Ellie Diack, was also shortlisted and recognised for her passion for nurturing young talent, her dedication to the community, and her commitment to the well-being of her students. She attended the Music and Drama Education Awards in London recently, and has had an incredible impact enriching the lives of others through the realms of music.

Parent Mrs Vicky Barker, who attended the soirée, said: “The Soirée was an inclusive celebration of individual and group musical ensembles from many of our Moretonians, from Moreton Prep to Upper Sixth. What a delightful way to spend an evening.”

A well-respected figure in the school community, and musician, Dr James Hindson said: “The programme was hugely varied, with some emotional, and note perfect, solo vocal performances. The Orchestra sounded the best I have heard and the choirs who joined together to sing an energetic rendition of ‘Rhythm of Life,’ were delightful.”

Moreton’s musical soirée hit all the right notes, and showcased the depth and breadth of creativity from the whole school.