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Sunday, 25 March 2012

An Evening Of Music and A Proud Mum Moment!

On Saturday night I went to a concert showcasing local musical talent.  My daughter Ella had been invited to play, along with her friend and duet partner Jake.  They have performed together for a few years, both playing guitar, and I am so proud of them.


The concert was held in a local hall in support of an educational fund that supports young people in the area.  Kids aged between 12 and 16 from some local schools came together for the three hour musical showcase that included vocalists, pianists, guitarists, saxophonists and an instrumental band.  It is such a positive experience to listen to such talented teenagers performing musical numbers from a diverse range of genres such as musical theatre from Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Evita to pop hits from Adele and Katy Perry.  The band did an awesome rendition of Michael Jackson's Thriller which was a huge crowd pleaser.  Their female drummer was absolutely incredible.  Such was her enthusiasm, she broke her drum!

It is so wonderful to see teenagers breaking the negative stereotype that society places on them.  Everyone was so professional, talented and committed.  It was such a feel good evening of entertainment!  A real inspiration.

But my proudest and favourite moment was of course when my own little star performed her three songs with Jake:  Naive by the Kooks, You Know My Name by Chris Cornell and Apologize by One Republic.  They were fantastic!  Here are the videos.  One of them rehearsing at my house and two of them on the  night that I managed to sneakily record on my Flip!



                            

Nothing beats seeing your child doing something that they truly love.  Ella is so confident when she performs.  Having the guitar in her hands brings her to life.  It gives her the confidence that she sometimes lacks in everyday situations.  She lights up the stage with her smile and enthusiasm.  It was wonderful to see her doing what she loves.  I am so very proud of her.

7 comments:

  1. Ella has such a lovely voice...you must be so very proud, she's a lovely girl and a real credit to you Wendy
    xx

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  2. Wish I'd known, I'd have come along and cheered.

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  3. Thy are so good together! Having the balls to get up and perform in front of all those people deserves some serious praise and you're right when you say Ella lights up, she has such a lovely presence, a really unassuming but somehow commanding energy that makes her a pleasure to watch. You've got a little star on your hands there :-)

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  4. I now know the true meaning of talent, I honestly felt honoured to watch Jake and Ella perform - they obviously love their music, it comes over loud and clear. I think we are very lucky to have such a gifted granddaughter - I love it when Ella plays her guitar and sings for us, it is such a pleasure to hear her.

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  5. I have just watched all of the songs that Ella and Jake sang once again and I can only reiterate what I wrote yesterday, they sounded fantastic.

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  6. Aww how lovely! Its wonderful when teens have a chance at a creative outlet and forum to showcase their talent. Lovely duet you have every reason to be proud :0)

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