Prior’s Field girls were truly “Ready to Go” on Thursday night as they opened the Rotary Guildford District Schools concert at G Live with a rendition of the Republica track belted out by the Sixth Form Rock Band with Eleanor on vocals. A stunning showcase of musical creativity, professionalism and talent followed. Fourth Former Evelyn delivered a vivacious and lively violin solo of Csardas, while the 75-strong choir proved themselves very able to entertain with a complex a cappella arrangement of Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” led by Fourth Former Grace C. The Jazz Band blended beautifully with the soulful tones of Emily B in Adele’s “Hello” while the 10-minute “Les Misérables” medley mesmerised the audience with its strength in singing and its slickness between songs. The Prior’s Field set ended with a powerful performance of “I Predict a Riot” by Kaiser Chiefs. The girls were performing alongside fellow schools within the Guildford District and as part of the Rotary Club’s programme of initiatives which aim to provide opportunities for schools to showcase their work and have the opportunity to perform in a mainstream theatre with professional stage management. A huge well done to all girls who took part; their stagecraft and transitions were seamless and their performances truly fabulous!
The rescheduled and ever popular Rock and Pop evening took place on Monday when thirteen Acts took to the stage to perform a mixture of classic and contemporary rock and pop songs that had the audience clapping and singing along. A delicious curry with all the trimmings was served to guests, who were also treated to an incredibly talented and entertaining line-up, climaxing with phone lights in the air for ‘Don’t look back in anger’ by Oasis, thanks to Eleanor, Flora, Chloe, Bethan and Anja. One Parent reported ‘The spread of food and accompaniments was delicious, served by such enthusiastic girls, the engaging conversation between tables, with new friendships having been formed, AND most importantly the music itself, enjoyed not only by parents, but by girls not necessarily involved, but who wanted to support their friends. If only we could be part of it again this evening….!’
On Wednesday 7 March, the whole school will vote in the annual Inter-house Art Competition, we look forward to inviting parents to view pupils’ work in the evening, at 6.30pm.
The Rock and Pop evening which was due to take place last night, has been rescheduled to Monday evening.
We look forward to welcoming First Form relatives on 22 March for a tour, tea and a chance to look around the AppArt Sculpture Trail and Exhibition.
The final in the current series of Careers Talks on takes place on Monday 19 March
At Home with a Media Communications Expert
Fleur Holcroft will talk about her successful career in advertising and media, including her current role for the Apple Corp in the advertising team.
We are very excited to welcome back AppArt’s annual Easter art exhibition and sculpture trail which opens on Friday 30 March at Prior’s Field. For more information go to http://www.appartonline.co.uk or https://facebook.com/AppArtSurrey
All three choirs sang ‘Havana’ by Camila Cabello, taking turns to impress the judging panel with their different talents. Austen introduced a clever mashup of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’, Frank creatively added the use of live musicians including Mr Butler on the bongos, and Pankhurst had great rhythm, use of movement and musicality.
For House Music, parents were invited into the Assembly Hall and treated to an evening of musical variety. Each House had a forty five minute slot, in which each performer was given a strict two minute window to showcase their talents to Mrs Kirnig and Mr Thurston, our Rock and Pop teacher. From soprano singing, piano boogie-woogie, heavenly harping to trombone acrobatics, musical theatre numbers, clever bass guitar playing, soulful soloists and potential girl bands of the future. Well done to all the brilliant performers.
Watch this space as the winners of both the House Choir and House Music will be announced after half-term!
Tickets are now available for the annual Rock and Pop extravaganza – always a popular night in the Prior’s Field calendar – which takes place on Thursday 1 March. The music is provided by fifty Prior’s Field girls in various band combinations and is the culmination of all their hard work over the past few months. The music is varied with a nod to the ’90s, anticipating the musical theme of the forthcoming PFAlive! event in April 2018.
House Music Finals
On Wednesday 7 February the Assembly Hall will be jammed with melody and soul as the girls battle it out in the House Music final. Will last year’s winner Frank be victorious again? Come and support your House, all of the Priors Field Community are welcome! Doors open at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start with a cash bar available, the running order for the performances will be Austen, Frank and Pankhurst. The winner will be announced after Half Term.
The House Drama and House Choir
Continuing with the theme of House competitions, next week will be a hive of creative activity, House Drama takes place on Monday within the school timetable and on Wednesday, during the school day, House Choir will be filling the corridor with heavenly voices. Winners will be announced in due course!
Sixth Form Lecture – Special Investigations
On Monday 5 February we look forward to welcoming Louise Brittain to talk about ‘Special Investigations’ as part of our Sixth Form Lecture programme. Louise works for Wilkins Kennedy and leads the Restructuring and Recovery Contentious Investigation and Insolvency team. She specialises in high profile, fraudulent and litigious insolvencies, international asset tracing and civil and criminal recovery cases. She was voted in the “Power 100” 2011 by Insolvency Today and the Accountancy Age top 100 power players in 2014, 2013, 2010 and 2003.
The Careers Department are continuing their series of Careers Talks which take place on Mondays between 4.30 – 5.15pm.
We encourage the girls to attend one or more of the Talks, which can be booked on FROG.
At Home with an Actress – Monday 5 February Lauren O’Neil shares her experience as stage and film actress following her graduation from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
At Home with a SKY News Reporter – Monday 26 February Nick Stylianou is a senior Producer at Sky News, having previously worked at the BBC, ITV News and Channel 4 News. He currently specialises in defence and technology and spent most of 2017 chasing terror attacks and investigating the Grenfell Tower fire.
At Home with a Media Communications Producer for Apple Europe – Monday 19 March Fleur Holcroft will talk about her successful career in advertising and media, including her current role for the Apple Corp in the advertising team.
The Annual Julia Huxley Lecture – ‘Reach for the Stars’ on Tuesday 20 February at 7.30pm
Remember that tickets are now available to purchase for our annual Julia Huxley Lecture, via Eventbrite here https://pfhuxley.eventbrite.co.uk.
Scientist and broadcaster Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, MBE, will share her passion for why women should pursue a career in science and explain how she has become known as the BBC’s ‘Face of Space’.
AppArt’s annual Easter art exhibition and sculpture trail will open on Friday 30 March at Prior’s Field. After exhibiting here at Prior’s Field for a number of years, AppArt’s reputation continues to grow as a showcase for some of the finest artists in the South East. Roger Dellar will open AppArt on Friday 30 March (Good Friday) and will be one of many distinguished artists on view. Roger is a member of several national groups including the “Wapping Group” of which he was recently elected as President.
National artists exhibiting work include sculptor Philip Jackson, Rosa Sepple (President of Painters in Watercolour), Sorya French (President of the Society of Women Artists) and sculptor Marie Ackers. Local artists exhibiting are Christine Thompson, Christopher Cole, Susan Fisher and Ruth Bacmeister.
For more information go to http://www.appartonline.co.uk or https://facebook.com/AppArtSurrey