Kings Oxford students and staff shine in annual Christmas Talent Show
Kings Oxford English teacher, Dominic, recently organised (and took part in!) the annual Christmas Talent Show. He tells us all about the highlights of the evening and the exceptional talent of the students and staff that make up our school community.
The annual Kings Oxford Christmas Show was held in the magnificent surroundings of the Wesleyan Church, which is just across the road from St. Mike’s, last week. As usual, it showcased the talents of our students and staff, providing a varied evening’s entertainment for a very appreciative audience.
Vicky and Paren compered very ably, keeping things moving efficiently and charmingly. The tables were turned on Vicky when Sean presented her with a global citizenship award, fitting recognition for the excellent work she has done this year.
Nao from Japan kicked off proceedings with two piano pieces, both sensitively and beautifully played.
Eva from Poland reminded us of what a good singer she is, accompanying herself on guitar in a rendition of ‘Shallow’, from the latest ‘A Star is Born’ starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. She was later joined by Natalie, who played the piano while they harmonised very pleasantly on a song called ‘Mary’, which immediately became a Christmas favourite for many of us.
Teacher Matt, with his imposing beard, was a striking sight as he played his bassoon with his customary skill and elan, and then Kat from China gave a memorable rendering of ‘A Thousand Years’, accompanied by Yejin. Yejin then gave a very powerful performance of her own, making full use of the church’s superb grand piano.
Dominic gave the audience some exercise with an ‘active’ listening comprehension before he joined Jane and Adam in Adam’s satirical ‘Dictator Sketch’, which sent the audience off for refreshments in a cheerful mood.
During the break, a group from St. Joe’s sold goodies which were sold for charity. As people filed through to buy things, they passed a room in the church being used as a polling station for the General Election!
To start the second half, Dominic sang a Bob Dylan song and then, in the most bizarre offering of the night, our resident professional hairdresser Jun gave teacher Chris a haircut while Scott Joplin’s ‘The Entertainer’ played. Chris looked nicely groomed afterwards.
Next, Kazunori gave a fantastic show-stopping dance performance, whirling and spinning at an amazing speed. After that, we needed calming down and we were soothed by Aung Myo Paing’s consummate piano piece.
The staff then gave tongue-in-cheek advice about how to get a 6.5 in IELTS with an amusing sketch (the message was ‘offer the teacher a bribe’ but don’t worry, he got his comeuppance!).To round off the night, the St. Mike’s band performed ‘The Last Time’ and ‘Seven Nation Army’ ( mainly instrumental, apart from the oft-repeated word ‘Wichita’! ). Teacher Marc smashed it on lead guitar and Chris brought the house to its feet with the famous White Stripes bass riff.
There was a great atmosphere and it was a lovely way to finish the term.
Happy Christmas everyone!