The musical prowess of Berwickshire High School pupils was there for all to see as they gave their annual Christmas concert last week.
The evening was a veritable advent calendar of styles; behind one door there was classical; behind the other there was jazz and behind another contemporary chart music.
The school’s very own musical maestro and master of ceremonies for the showcase Mr Mabon took great pride in introducing and conducting his extremely talented young musicians.
The high school’s brass band got things off to a rousing start with ‘Everybody Needs Somebody’ from ‘The Blues Brothers’ before the girls’ choir showed they could do both subdued and uptempo with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and ‘All That Jazz’.
After lending her strings to a group rendition of Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’, Maddie Hawthorn shocked the packed audience with her fine operatic voice when she sang ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’. It was staggering to hear such a voice come from a girl with such a small frame.
Maddie was back in action straight after with the folk group who performed two songs, one of which was arranged by member Scott Turnbull.
Scott was then on hand to play guitar for Amy Clark while she gave a soulful rendition of ‘You’ve Got A Friend’.
After some instrumentals from the woodwind pupils and fantastic violinist Alex Prentice, the first half drew to a close with the jazz band’s takes on ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ and ‘Feeling Good’.
The honour of starting the second half was once again bestowed on the jazz band, with their rendition of ‘Tequila’ paving the way for Bernie Owtram’s flute solo to ‘Dance of the Snowmen’.
The guitar group, led by tutor Ross Milligan, impressed with a double header which included original composition ‘Where Rivers Meet’ before the girls choir were in fine voice again for Of Monsters and Men’s ‘Little Talks’, helped by an added sprinkle of audience participation.
They weren’t the only ensemble to use the charts as their inspiration. The string orchestra gave a fine interpretation of Green Day’s ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ before four young dancers showed off their footwork to Imagine Dragons’ ‘Radioactive’.
After the guitars of Ewan Steady, Emma Jackson and Rory Hamilton tackled Vivaldi the night ended with a fine ensemble performances of ‘Circle of Life’.
A show with performances of a very high standard.