SUMMER MUSIC CONCERT 2017

Falmouth School students dazzled the audience with a sparkling set of performances at the recent Summer Music Concert. The sheer talent of those performing blew the crowd away in a show that was packed full of diverse and exciting acts.

The packed crowd were introduced by student compere’s Millie Revel and Theo Fleming, who introduced the first act of the night on a jam packed bill. The Brass Group opened proceedings with a rendition of the Rocky theme and Somewhere Over the Rainbow, before a beautiful violin piece by Zoe Osmond.

Tia Head and Eloise Williams performed a lovely duet version of Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘Panic Chord’, before Jordan Lanyon played ‘Esmerelda’ by Ben Howard – a difficult piece made all the more impressive by the fact Jordan is only a year into playing the guitar. The flute group put on a bright and sparkly version of the Tchaikovsky classic, before the boys choir had the audience singing along with ‘Little Eyes’ and ‘Angels’.

Theo Fleming took a brief break from his compere duties to perform a piece on the flute, before later taking to the drums and the piano in a busy night for the new Head Boy! There was a foot tapping, jazzy number from the clarinet group and the talented Abiah Wyatt performed her own composition on the acoustic guitar.

The girls group consisting of Millie Revell, Daisy Easterby-Sands, Mabel Radmore and Niamh Miller performed an excellent version of ‘lovesong’ by The Cure (probably now better known for Adele’s cover), before Minnie Harrop gave an excellent solo performance on the piano to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Even My Dad Does Sometimes’.

There was an upbeat number from the sax group, before Lewis Naisey (a recent recipient of the most promising young pianist at the Junior Music Awards) played a superb piece. The pop choir stripped things back with their version of Birdy’s hit song ‘Wings’, before Falmouth College A-Level music student Anna Freeman sang a crowd pleasing rendition of Elton John’s classic, ‘Tiny Dancer’.

The show wound down with the final two acts, firstly with school band ‘Green Aliens and Blonde Girls’ playing the Red Hot Chilli Peppers new single ‘Dark Necessities’ and some impressive slap bass from Tadhg Cullen that Flea would be proud of! Finally the Jazz Band closed an excellent and enjoyable evening with ‘Smooth Operator’ and ‘Watermelon Man’.

Music Teacher at Falmouth School, Mr Fox said “The students have worked extremely hard preparing for tonight with busy schedules and their performances were superb. We thank everyone who came along to support the students and the music department, for making it such a great night.”

A techno nerd reviews DJ Pauly D

Over the Australia Day long weekend, Jersey Shore star DJ Pauly D – he of the 9.1 million Facebook fans (that’s more than double Armin van Buuren – boom!) – set off on his mission to educate Australia in the true, expansive art of DJing. Or something. Sure, this wasn’t a tour for the purists, but it would be churlish to deny the dude has an audience.

As one such fan asked on his Facebook page ahead of the 16+ Sydney show: “What the heck is the dress code? Is it like festival clothes?” Here at inthemix, that wasn’t the only question we were pondering. What would DJ Pauly D play? Would his journey be comparable to Sasha’s five-hour marathon happening on the same night in Sydney?

In order to get some answers, we went to Andrew Wowk: inthemix contributor, chinstroker-approved DJ around town and dance music nerd with “uncompromisingly high standards, an unnecessarily obtuse vocabulary, and at times overly deep and wanky analysis” (his words). The perfect reviewer then, for DJ Pauly D In Concert (Andrew agreed, but had to back up that night for the farewell set from Sydney techno authority Defined By Rhythm, a gig itinerary for Saturday shared by exactly no one else in the city). Of course, this isn’t the definitive review. But it may be the most unapologetically wanky one.