Battle of the Bands

Radford students at Black Mountain School for Battle of the Bands

Radford students at Black Mountain School for Battle of the Bands

By Kirsten Knight, Head of Co-Curricular Music

On Friday 29 March, five of our rock/pop bands competed in the Battle of the Bands at Black Mountain School. The competitive element to the day was strongly overpowered by the joy of our students interacting and dancing with the BMS students, and everyone enjoying the energetic musical performances.

Canned Pineapple won the overall prize for Best Band and had the audience thoroughly up and moving with their cover of Jet’s “Are you gonna be my girl”. A few of the BMS students couldn’t hold back their excitement and were welcomed by our boys as they joined the band on stage.

Jesse WrightJesse Wright gave a stunningly soulful and individualised performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, winning Best Solo Performer.

Beth Armstrong won Best Cover Song with Ed Sheeran’s “Castle on the Hill”. Her performance was one of the highlights of the day as she was spontaneously joined by a BMS student who took to the microphone singing beautifully in tune, echoing the words Beth was singing. BMS staff later told us that this particular student is non-verbal. It was truly magical to witness.

All of our bands played exceptionally well and no one could have asked for a better audience! We are so grateful to BMS for hosting us. My thanks and congratulations go to all of the students who participated, to Clare Fitzgerald who organised our bands for this event, and George Huitker who helped on the day.

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