After a 21 month gap, Open Mic Night returned to a live format last week.
COVID restrictions meant that our usual venue of the Boathouse was not suitable for a large audience. The Mulberry Marquee proved to be an excellent ‘outdoor’ alternative with pupils and parents spilling out of the marquee onto the lawn and beyond whilst keeping warm with hot chocolate!
The Music Department has worked hard over the past two years editing videos for virtual open mic night events on Facebook. These were popular but nothing can replace a live audience and the atmosphere that they create.
The night began with a flourish of bagpipes, courtesy of Upper Sixth student Finn W. 16 more acts followed with a mix of solo singers, vocal groups and bands.
Upper Fourth pupil Ava H made her live debut at OMN accompanying herself on the guitar. This was followed by another debut with Archie G playing a banjo solo called Crocker Creek (it was an OMN debut for the banjo and bagpipes too). More debuts followed including Hannah B in the Upper Remove and Lower Sixth student Henry H with his beautiful rendition of Stay. The first half concluded with a debut from Fifth Form band called (and dressed as) The Checked Shirts comprising of Emilia D, Harry D, Jacob S, Joe H, Anton DV and Ben B performing What you know.
The second half featured more seasoned performers at OMN including Sophie L with debutant Joel W singing Shallow accompanied by Mr T, Jack B and Tom K-D and Olivia F-H singing a fantastic gospel-influenced song called Home by Hamzaa. This featured a new member of King’s, Alfred K, who transcribed the complex piano accompaniment from the recording.
The night finished with a medley of songs by The Beatles performed by Upper Sixth students with Fleur S on vocals and a cameo vocal appearance from Jamie K!
There was a wonderful, festival atmosphere to the whole event on a crisp, chilly evening. Look out for news of next term’s OMN and come along if you can.