The eagerly awaited Charity Concert marked its return to Big School on Wednesday 15 November 2023, following the unfortunate cancellation of the 2022 concert. The successful event featured the talents of Whitgift and Croydon High's Sixth Form students.
Kicking off the festivities was Addison (Lower Sixth Form) serenading the audience with Pharrell Williams' Happy, setting the lively tone for the entire evening. The performances that followed showcased a delightful collaboration between Whitgift and Croydon High. Noteworthy acts included a duet of Four Five Seconds by Alex (Upper Sixth Form) and Evie (sister of an OW), Luke (Lower Sixth Form) delivered a solo rendition of Radiohead's Jigsaw Falling into Place, and an acoustic rendition of Valerie by Croydon High students Talia and Aila.
A definite crowd-pleaser was the Bollywood dance, injecting infectious energy into the venue, compelling the audience to rise and applaud. The students' passion and enthusiasm during this performance were clear to see.
Following a brief intermission, the infamous Staff Band took the stage, featuring Mr Ma (Second in Languages) on vocals, Mr Prestney (Head of English) on guitar, Mr Powell (Head of Lower First Form) on keyboard, Miss Davies (Graduate Music Assistant) on bass, and for one night only, Seif (Upper Sixth Form) took charge of the drums. Their mash-up of Stand By Me by Ben E. King and Made You Look by Megan Trainor was a hit with the crowd.
Adding a touch of humor to the night was the Rugby 1st XV team, arriving straight from the rugby pitch for a lighthearted rendition of the Backstreet Boys' I Want it That Way. The evening concluded with a medley of three songs by the band 'Chester Row,' comprised of Upper Sixth Formers Luke, Alex B, Alex S, and Seif, culminating in the timeless Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis.
The grand finale featured an entertaining act by the School Captain and Prefect team, who delivered a playful performance of Bruno Mars' 24K Magic. The enthusiasm and enjoyment radiated by the Sixth Formers throughout the evening were palpable, showcasing their dedication to both having a good time and raising funds for an important cause.
With a sold-out crowd of 400 and just under £3000 raised for Young Minds, the evening undeniably achieved massive success. Special thanks are extended to the AV team for their impeccable management of staging and lighting, the Charities Committee led by Daniel (Upper Sixth Form), to Seif who masterminded the entire evening and to all the performers for contributing to a genuinely enjoyable show.