Bourne Grammar School spoilt for talent has ‘absolute ball’ of an evening

Outstanding young guitarist Calvin Mason who "rocked" at Bourne Grammar School's Summer Concert.  Photo by David Lowndes.
Outstanding young guitarist Calvin Mason who "rocked" at Bourne Grammar School's Summer Concert. Photo by David Lowndes.
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CONCERT REVIEW: Summer Concert 2016, Bourne Grammar School, Main Hall, Monday, July 11

A line from William Shakespeare’s play As You Like It, where main character Rosalind asks “can one desire too much of a good thing?”, was resoundingly overturned at Bourne Grammar School last Monday.

Bourne Grammar School's outgoing director of music Charlotte Coggin.

Bourne Grammar School's outgoing director of music Charlotte Coggin.

Its main hall became a never-ending stream of precocious ability, pricelss skill and precious talent that belied the ages of the students on stage.

Once the school’s concert band had opened the evening with an arrangement of John Powell’s How to Train Your Dragon by Sean O’Loughlin, an audience full of parents and grandparents were caressed by the musical exploits of their offspring.

Brass and jazz bands, flute, clarinet and gospel choirs, string orchestra and saxophone ensemble came one after the other, compelled and propelled to show Bourne Grammar School in nothing less than the best possible light.

Not to be outdone, the superb vocals of Jess Ward (Year 12) pouring her heart out while singing Still Hurting and I’m Not Afraid of Anything, Ellie Coleman (Year 7) on piano and outgoing director of music Charlotte Coggin singing a piece from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

The students have been inspired by Charlotte Coggin and when they play, they play for her and we’re so much better for it

Jonathan Maddox, headmaster, Bourne Grammar School

A personal favourite - the sheer audacity of guitarist Calvin Mason (Year 7) in demonstrating his persuasive claim to be a future Eric Clapton in the making.

At the end of the evening’s showcase of future stardom, headmaster Jonathan Maddox said: “The students performed wonderfully and they have been inspired by Charlotte Coggin.

“When they play, they play for her and we’re so much better for it.

But the night was best summed up by Miss Coggin herself who said: “It’s been an absolute ball.”

Review by Winston Brown