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Christmas Concert's A Cracker

Student and staff talent was on show last night as all involved made the Christmas Concert one to remember.

There was classical music, festive favourites, modern dance and even a performance by Queen at the second annual CBA Christmas Concert.

During the two hour show the packed audience of CBA families were kept thoroughly entertained by the combination of dance and music.

First up was the Samba Band who got the show off to a great start.

The Junior Concert Band was next on stage and performed a trio of songs, including Christmas Classic Jingle Bells.

The Key Stage Dance Club, which has now become the best attended Session 3 club, also performed two numbers in the first half and demonstrated what great work they are already managing to accomplish.

About 30 dancers took to the stage for the energetic performances.

The Year 10 Dance BTec students also showed off a variety of dance styles in their performance of Fame and Year 11 student Marlon Van Eden took to the stage alone to perform a street dance, which he has choreographed himself.

Also performing alone was Year 10 student Molly Walker who gave a fantastic rendition of the Vanessa Carlton song  A Thousand Miles.

The second half saw the Key Stage 4 dance group perform Winter Wonderland and then a Lady Gaga inspired medley.

There were musical performances by the Senior Concert Band, the Senior Brass Ensemble and the Choir - who performed a moving version of The Climb, which X Factor winner Joe McElderry may take to number one this weekend - and Year 10 student Andile Chiwuta performed O Holy Night, accompanied by the Academy's Music Director Clive Wears on Piano.

The biggest laugh of the night went to the PNS faculty's performance of Rocking Around the Christmas Tree and the show was brought to a hilarious climax by a version of the Queen Classic I want to Break Free, led by Tony Segalini who was accompanied by Phil Woolley, Steve Ellis and John Atkinson.

Principal Andrew Campbell said: "It has been another great show, and there has clearly been a huge amount of work from staff and students to make such a great event."

The show was put together by teachers Daryl Handy, Francia Dickinson and Clive Wears.

Parents in Partnership  and the Year 10/11 Hospitality Group provided refreshments during the interval and PIP also raised £300 with a raffle.

A five minute video medley of last night's show will be available to watch via the website and a longer one hour show will also be put together  as a memento for all students who took part.