Playathon raises cash for school with music at its heart

Pupils and teachers take part in the playathon.
Pupils and teachers take part in the playathon.

Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School was filled with the sound of music when the school’s newly formed student Music Council organised a Twelve Hour Music Playathon.

The event was organised to help raise extra funding for the music department, and raised £1,000 towards a new piano.

Pupils and teachers take part in the playathon.

Pupils and teachers take part in the playathon.

Music plays a vital role in the educational, extra-curricular and social lives of LGGS pupils and the music department works tirelessly throughout the year to deliver opportunities for all students.

Every girl has the opportunity to take music lessons at school and can select from the wide range of instruments on offer. There is a selection of musical groups and ensembles, which give pupils the opportunity to perform in one or more concerts throughout the school year.

The playathon gave both pupils and teachers the chance to perform throughout the day, with live music taking place from 8am until 8pm.

Dora McKay started the event with relaxing piano music which was followed by singer Kestra Dawson; everyone waiting for their first lesson in rooms close to the Main Hall was lucky enough to enjoy her beautiful voice.

Pupils and teachers take part in the playathon.

Pupils and teachers take part in the playathon.

During the school day, music classes performed either as individuals or as groups.

Felicity Shields moved the playathon into break time with a stunning oboe solo.

Miss Whitehouse, Mr Holm and Mr Swannell played an intricate and beautiful Bach piece, which had the Main Hall packed.

The Junior Choir started lunchtime off with flair, performing a variety from their repertoire. Then the Jazz Band, directed by Mr Froggatt, performed to, once again, a very packed Hall and an encore was demanded and thoroughly enjoyed.

Next, Dr Ireland wowed everyone with a powerful rendition of Somebody to Love.

At 2.30pm, trumpeter Annabel Hall performed a selection of well-known songs, and the playathon moved into the after-school slots, having been a resounding success during the school day.

After school many talented people shared their musical abilities; Jenny McDonald and Iona Lane took to the stage at 3.30pm with their renditions of popular songs.

The school orchestra then did an open rehearsal for one hour, followed by various performers coming in and out playing songs on the piano, the violin or singing.

From 6-8pm was an Open House Concert. Kicking off the concert with style was a saxophone quartet from LRGS consisting of Max Williams, Adam Kay, Fabian Satchwell-Hirst and Max Edgecombe.

The concert saw many gifted young artists contributing their talents ranging from Bad Grammar, Bess Shooter and the flute ensemble Feat. Mrs Hutchinson!

Many teachers also played, including Mrs Bettsworth, Mr Swannell and Mr Holm. To end the concert was LGGS’ very own a capella group, The Quays.