GRYPHON spring/Summer 2016
Talent Show 2016
After a one year break, the Bangor Grammar School talent show returned triumphantly. As always, the show was in aid of a charity nominated by the Year 14 Charity Committee, as well as supporting the Year 14 Formal. This year's selected charity was the MS Society, a Northern Irish organisation which specialises in research and support for those affected by Multiple Sclerosis.
Video: Tony Heron, Year 14
The night itself proved to be both entertaining and great value for money, with the usual dazzling standard of entertainment on display. Our two hosts for the night were Ruairi Lawther and Tony Heron of Year 14, who never failed to disappoint with a humorous aside or quasi-intelligent quip. The three assembled judges presiding over the affairs of the night were not lacking in either star power or professional zeal. Mrs Huddleson, Mrs Payne and Mr Gilmore were charged with critiquing the hopeful contestants; their comments were insightful and witty, always constructive. Mrs Payne in particular always managed to find a subtle Drama angle to every performance, no matter how tenuous.
The acts themselves ranged from singing to mentalism. A particular mention must be made of the junior school acts, who performed in front of a 200-strong audience, showing great confidence and courage. Though the senior acts did show a similar professionalism, one act stood head and shoulders above the rest - the 'Year 14 Act'. This was a musical medley made for the ages, from Queen to Busted, performed with brio, bravado and (dare I say it) braggadocio. These god-like performers were simply majestic on stage and provided an act that will linger in the memory. A personal favourite moment was when Jamie Larkin knocked three or four of his peers seemingly unconscious to the tune of Queen's, 'We are the Champions' - a wonderful moment in our school's collective history.
When all the votes had been counted, the 'Music Ensemble' act won the junior school section in a very close call; whilst Joel Mawhinney of Year 14 won the senior school section with his renowned acts of mentalism which left all flabbergasted. In total, the fantastic sum of £907 was raised for the MS Society and will help their very important work.
Music is a beautiful thing. There is only one thing on this Earth which makes me happier - music with additional banter. This is how I would personally define the BGS 2016 Spring Concert.
From an A-level Music student’s point of view, the Spring concert is the event that every boy in the Music department looks forward to the most - and for good reason. The Spring Concert allows the boys to transition from the more formal School Carol Service to an event featuring music ranging from xylophone duets, to rock bands where they can ‘let their hair down’ (hypothetically speaking of course. Hair rules still apply). Following up the 2015 Christmas Carol Service was always going to be a challenge after the immense success of this event. However, with the hard work of the boys under the heroic leadership of Mr O’Reilly and Mrs Buchanan, the night seemed to go beyond all expectations.