This term has been busy as ever for the music team.

First of all, we had a the debut of Spider! The Musical. This is an original musical which tells the story of the misunderstood spiders, inspired by our experiences here at Lister. The performance featured the Yr7 Theatre School and Music School. It was a humorous, engaging, fun musical, performed with skill and obvious enjoyment. It was great to see so many parents, staff and students enjoying it too!

The award winning community opera ‘Full Circle’ was performed at the Southbank Centre as part of ‘Refugee Week’ at the end of June. It was a stunning setting with a huge crowd in the audience! A choir of 80 students sang while a group of drama students acted scenes linking the narrative of the songs fantastically. Next step, the Royal Albert Hall in November!

Half of our year 7 took part in a Newham Harmony Singing Day hosted by Newham Music Hub in preparation for the Albert Hall performance. The massed performance as part of the Music for Youth Prom will feature over 700 students from across the borough. At Yr11 Graduation there were some fantastic performances from our talented Yr11 students at this year’s graduation. It was such a delightful way to end the year with them and the quality of their performances really added to the occasion.

A fantastic end to the summer term was given when all 18 entries for the summer period external ABRSM Grades passed. There were 3 Distinctions and 11 Merits within those results and the number of students taking the higher exams is also increasing year on year with six grade 5 entries this summer.

And finally, the annual Music in Secondary Schools Trust residential always marks the end of the academic year. It takes place in the beautiful grounds of Radley College and involves several days of wonderful music making alongside students from other MiSST trusts. 16 Students from Lister joined with the other schools to rehearse in an 80 piece orchestra.

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