On Thursday 17th January our Music department hosted its first ever Sixth Form solo gig at The Mark Cross Inn, Crowborough. Friends and family were invited to watch Year 12 pupil and former Bethany’s Got Talent winner, Erieann Denyer, perform a set of material she had been preparing since September.
The evening was arranged as part of the BTEC Level 3 course our Music department run at Sixth Form, and this particular unit of work required Erieann to develop a set of material to perform in front of a real live audience. As well as the performance itself, Erieann was required to choose suitable songs that would challenge her and demonstrate technical confidence but would also be contrasting and engaging.
The evening was a huge success from the strong rock-anthem opener which was a song called Still Breathing by the band Green Day, and this success continued into the contrasting but equally powerful crowd-pleaser Ironic by Alanis Morrisette. Erieann then invited the audience to participate her next performance by singing along with the well-known hit Rockstar by Nickelback before changing the pace by introducing an original song that Erieann had written herself called Honey, I’m Not Yours.
The evening was then brought to a close in spectacular fashion with Erieann doing a truly remarkable cover of Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love. All songs were accompanied by our Teacher of Music, Chris Thomas, who had spent a significant amount of time with Erieann helping her to prepare and build confidence ready for this event.
Friends and family were left feeling very proud of our Year 12 pupil and Head of Music, Jonny Brinson, said: “I’m overjoyed with what Erieann has managed to achieve. It was clear she had talent when we were first introduced to her singing ability at Bethany’s Got Talent, but what we saw this evening wasn’t just down to talent. It was a true representation of the hard work and commitment that Erieann has shown over the last few months and we’re just so pleased she has had an opportunity to share this with her friends and family. We have a running motto in our department that we don’t do anything by half measures, so we’re beyond excited to see what she can achieve next.”