Rastrick's Got Talent 2017


Rastrick High’s talented stars shone brightly at Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre

For the fifth year running, Lawrence Batley Theatre attracted a full house for Rastrick High School’s annual extravaganza of ‘Rastrick’s Got Talent’.  The audience and judging panel were in a sense of admiration at the diversity of the gifted and talented students with musicians on piano, trombone, saxophone, acoustic and bass guitar. However, it was not only about the musicians; rappers, vocalists, ballet to contemporary dancers and gymnastics also joined them.

Many of the acts performed their own variation from their favourite artists, with some acts choreographing their own dance routines.  Even some of the staff members from Rastrick got involved by awkwardly attempting to Irish dance, resulting in the audience in a state of laughter.

Head girl Lauren Riley and Head Boy James Ince took the stage as the hosts of the night.  They both introduced the acts and spoke to the judges for feedback for each performance.  They both did a fantastic job keeping the flow smoothly from one act to the other.

There were two age range categories this year with two worthy winners in the process. Rapper, Chaney Lloyd from Year 7, was worthy winner of Key Stage 3 (age 11-14) for her performance of a composition she wrote herself called ‘Beat the Bullies’. The judges were blown away with the creativity of the lyrics and the confident performance.  The Key Stage 4 & 5 category (age 15-18), was won by the incredible Destini Dyer.  She sang an acoustic version of ‘Yours’ by Ella Henderson.   The judges were amazed by Destini’s expressive and powerful performance.

Year 9 singers, Ophelia Ormerod and Amelia Lewis were joint 2nd place winners, in the Key Stage 3 category, as the judges were torn between the two outstanding acts.  Ophelia’s performance of ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’, from the musical Phantom of the Opera, was breath taking.  Amelia ignited the audience with the immense sound of her trombone, performing note perfect, the song ‘Cry Me a River’.  Sasha Morris claimed third place with a soulful rendition of ‘Chandelier’ by Sia.

Amelia Gregory came second place in the Key Stage 4 & 5 category, mesmerizing the audience with an awesome piano performance of ‘Radioactive’ by Imagine Dragons. Third place was awarded to Megan Garbett, who dazzled the judges with a stunning showcase of ‘All That Jazz’ from the musical Chicago.

Deborah Adamson, the original creator of the show, made a return to the judging panel and was joined by Tanazia Gabriel-Fleary, one of last year’s hosts.

Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton, former student and finalist from the ITV show ‘Dance, Dance, Dance’ also joined the judging panel. All three had the hardest task of the night commentating on all the acts and choosing the top three performances from both categories.  Rohan was impressed with the standard of the performances saying, “All the competitors made my job really difficult. Everyone did themselves proud. Well done to all.”

Headteacher, Mr Steve Evans, said: ‘Rastrick’s Got Talent’ was another superb event.  The standard of performances from our students was outstanding and inspirational.  The event reflected not just the fantastic talented students we have at Rastrick High School, but the commitment and devotion of the staff for arranging this enriching experience for our students.”

John Piper, organiser of the event, was thoroughly impressed with the dedication from everyone involved this year, “The students and staff sacrificed a lot of their time between work and school to make this event a success.  I feel honoured to work with fantastic students and staff, who throughout the process were positive, adaptable and determined to make the show a huge success.  Performing at Lawrence Batley Theatre is an incredible introduction and wonderful opportunity for our students to experience performing on a professional stage.  All of the acts lived up to the name of the show, as Rastrick High, without a doubt, has got talent.”

The photos from the show are now available to view and purchase at http://dualfocusmedia.zenfolio.com until 20 April 2017.  Many thanks to former student Fiaz Shahpal and his colleague, Will Coldwell, for supporting us again at this show. 





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