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Musical Stars Shine In Autumn Leaves Concert

The growing talent of CBA’s musicians and singers was clearly evident at the Academy’s first concert of the new year.

The first-ever Autumn Leaves show last night (October 20th) featured the newly renamed CBA Vocalize - formerly the choir - and the CBA Concert Band.

Both staged an impressive repertoire, offering the audience a variety of pop, gospel, blues and songs from the musicals to demonstrate how they are improving with every term.

CBA Vocalize stripped Lady Gaga's hit Paparazzi right back to basics while the brass ensemble got the audience's feet tapping with Choo Choo Boogie.

There were also some excellent solo efforts, including Kevin Ogwang on trombone.

The night included a stunning performance by special guest Robert Clark, who is head pianist for the Royal Ballet.

He mesmerised the audience with pieces by Chopin and Mendlessohn and played Somewhere Over The Rainbow after explaining it is the ballerinas' favourite song to warm up to each morning.

Robert, who was born in Kettering and went to school in the town, said he was impressed with the standard of students' performances.

He said: "It was excellent, really good.    

"The woodwind band is very tight as a group and very tuneful and there are also some beautiful voices in the choir.

"You can't put a price on nurturing talent at this age and my message to these students is to keep practising and to enjoy it, especially because they get to play and sing together at occasions like this."

Parent Diane Tomkins was in the audience to see her son, Year 8 student Harry Tomkins, perform with the Concert Band.

She said: "It was excellent. All the concerts here are to a high standard, especially considering they are just children.

"My favourite performance was The Great Escape by the Concert Band."