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Friday funk and soul at Fairkytes

The College’s music department was out in force at Fairkytes Arts Centre for a Friday night of Funk and Soul.

The students – both from the lower and upper sixth – played a varied programme of popular hits at the Hornchurch venue on March 9th, delighting the audience with their pitch perfect performances and high energy.

Student John-Michael Mahoney took on the role of compere for the evening and did a fantastic job.

First up on stage were the Jazz Band with tracks by Stevie Wonder (Isn’t She Lovely and Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing) and Ray Charles (Shake A Tail Feather and Ease Back).

Their set got the appreciative crowd in the mood for a fun evening and they were followed by the equally impressive Lower Sixth Music Performance group who brought energy and enthusiasm to the stage with their renditions of Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars and Let's Groove by Earth, Wind and Fire.

Highlights of the second half of the concert included the Contemporary Music group’s funky versions of Word Up by Cameo and Can't Stop by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. They were the first band to get the crowd on their feet and dancing.

The Upper Sixth group were not to be outdone, taking things down with an incredible version of Nakamarra by Haitus Kaiyote and then bringing the show to a close with a tight set including the songs Ex Factor by Lauren Hill and Ain’t Nobody by Chaka Khan.

Collette Fraser, Youth Arts Officer from the London Borough of Havering, said: “Fairkytes were delighted that Havering Sixth Form College music students returned for a second year to perform at their venue in 2018. The evening was thoroughly enjoyable with a fantastic, varied programme of funk and soul music, which appealed to all ages.

“The standard of the performers was extremely high, which is a fantastic achievement by all involved. It was also very refreshing to witness the level of support the students showed to each other.”


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