BeingBancroft’s Festival 2024

Looking back at the pictures from our epic BeingBancroft’s Music Festival on Saturday, 29th June 2024, brings us immense joy.

Coming together as a whole community to celebrate the end of term and the conclusion of another academic year at our incredible school was truly moving.

We enjoyed an afternoon filled with entertainment, an art show, a pupil-run fete, and the delight of seeing teachers soaked and covered in cream cakes. Here’s the set list:

The festivities kicked off with the Prep School Choir, who delivered a spirited performance featuring “It Don’t Mean A Thing,” “Make Your Own Kind Of Music,” and “He Lives In You,” under the direction of Adam Baum who we are sadly now saying goodbye to as he starts his retirement. The Junior Orchestra followed with a lively “Chicago Medley” directed by the brilliant Caroline Foinette.

One of life’s great joys is seeing children thrive in their childhood.  It’s very special that we’re able to dedicate time at Bancroft’s to making that learning beyond the classroom happen, and for families to be able to be part of it.

Ms Eleanor Burnside, Assistant Head Co-Curriculum and Activities

The afternoon continued with a fantastic array of performances from the Concert Band, Bancroft’s Big Band, Percussion Club, and more, showcasing everything from classics like “Highlights from Guys and Dolls” to contemporary hits like Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” Special mentions go to the Bancroft’s Barbers for their rendition of “Seven Nation Army” and the Girls’ Voices for their charming performance of “Truly Scrumptious” from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Our community spirit was epitomised by the Bancroft’s Community Choir, composed of parents, staff, and friends of the school, delivering beautiful pieces like “A Distant Shore” and “Lullaby of Broadway,” directed by Julia Whitbread, our unstoppable Director of Music and accompanied by fantastic Jenny. The 3rds Choir also thoroughly entertained the audience with “Like An Eagle.”

A highlight of the festival was the diverse range of band performances. From Stage Revolution’s “Teacher’s Pet” to Billy’s Band’s “New York State of Mind,” the energy was electric. The festival closed with a rousing performance from the Senior Band, featuring “Suddenly I See.”

A heartfelt thank you goes to everyone who made this event possible – the performers, directors, accompanists, and organisers.

The BeingBancroft’s Music Festival was an amazing celebration of our community, made possible by everyone’s hard work.

Here’s to another great year at Bancroft’s!

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