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Spook-tastic Halloween gig is ‘just like a professional concert’

A spooky night of music, described as ‘just like being at a professional gig’ was held on Halloween by students at Havering Sixth Form College.

It was standing room only in the theatre – decked out with creepy cobwebs and eerie pumpkins - as the Music Performance and Contemporary Music Enrichment students put on a wonderful evening of entertainment for the audience.

There were so many highlights of the concert, including Radioactive by Imagine Dragons, Zombie by the Cranberries, Bang Bang by Nancy Sinatra and Thriller by Michael Jackson.

A surprise return from ex-student Niamh O'Sullivan to duet with current student Callum Parkin was another highlight of the gig.  Together they brought the house down by playing a very technical Royal Blood track. Niamh left College last year and is currently studying Music at the University of Kent.

The upper sixth music performance students organised the evening themselves, from the initial idea, to marketing the event, ticketing, programmes, staging, set-lists, decorations, costumes and make-up. They even prepared tasty Halloween snacks for the interval. More than £150 was raised for College charities.

Other tracks on the programme included: Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics, I put a spell on you by Screaming Jay Hawkins, Black Heart by Stooshe, Science Fiction/ Double Feature from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Theme from The Exorcist, Theme from Halloween, Emperor's new Clothes by Panic! at the Disco, Men In Black by Will Smith, Sympathy for the Devil and Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones and Somebody's Watching Me by Rockwell.

Students who organised the event were Jaz Dager, Callum Parkin, Jogaile Silkaityte, Holly Eaton, Toby Pavitt, John-Michael Mahoney, Tom Baldwin, Sarah Rumsey and Saffron Harper.

Performing students were Ella Tipping, Casey Millington, Ellie Clarke, Georgia Morgan, Reece Donn, Hannah Jean-Baptiste, Rashida Walker, Penny Jackson, Leon Purdie, Jordan Lowe, Archie Connor, Samantha Rogers, Ben Butawan and Lukas Rackauskas.

Technical support was provided by Ben Butawan, Jordan Lowe and Gabi Platukis and the Media team consisted of Joesph Fox, James Diable, Megan Wren and Hannah Lawrence.

Teachers Chris Donnelly and Alex Baines said they were very proud of the students and were given comments from the audience such as, ‘It was just like being at a professional gig’, ‘A fantastic music concert’, and ‘Such a great night’. They are now looking forward to the next concerts at Christmas and in the New Year.


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