On Sunday 9 February, after a hugely successful Scholars’ Concert the preceding evening, crowds thronged once again to the Burns Recital Hall, this time to a Jam Night organised and run by our own in-house songster legend Tom Craggs-Ward.
This event saw several talented pupils (and Mr Hodges in a startling and moving cameo appearance) given the chance to perform in a relaxed, non-classical context. There were well-received contributions from the Year 9 band White Flag, Andrew Egan and his band, Holly Bird in a virtuosic cup solo and George Rennison. It would be fair, however, to say that the twin highlights of the evening were the closing performances by Tom Craggs-Ward’s alter ego, the marvellous Tom Layer, and Tom McConnell, son of the School Chaplain, who is currently touring the UK. Both of these young singer/songwriters showed themselves at the top of their game, using loop pedals to ingenious effect and eliciting ecstatic responses from the large audience.
The evening was all the more remarkable for being entirely student-run, and Tom deserves tremendous praise for putting on such a slick and entertaining a show. Thanks also must go to Alex Crawford-Ewart for his assistance with sound. We hope that this will be the first of many such events and look forward to the next!