Students, parents and staff gathered for an amazing night of singing and high-energy at the first Oasis London and South East Music Showcase held at Oasis Academy South Bank in Central London.
Secondary school students travelled from across the region to perform, including representatives from Oasis
Academy Hadley and Enfield, Croydon’s Oasis Academy Arena, and Oasis Academy Silvertown, coming together at Oasis Academy South Bank’s auditorium for a night of showcasing amazing talent.
The performance was attended by John Murphy (CEO of Oasis Community Learning), Kirstie Fulthorpe (Regional Director for London & South East), and Matt Tiplin (Lead Principal for London & South East) as well as teachers and parents from each of the academies involved. A special guest on the evening was Polly Moore from Restore the Music, the organisation who have funded musical instruments and tuition in several Oasis Academies.
The event was put together by Emily Boxer, Deputy Principal at Oasis Academy Silvertown, said; “90 students from Oasis Academy Silvertown, Southbank, Arena and Enfield prepared ensembles which showcased the high
standard of music taking place across the region. The audience enjoyed singing, steel pans, rock bands, African drumming and even a performance inspired on tin cans inspired by STOMP!”
“It was a rewarding and inspiring day, sharing creativity, demonstrating inclusivity and showcasing musical excellence. We very much hope that this was the first of what will become a highly anticipated annual event.”
Over two hundred parents, fellow students and members of the local community supported the event. Many
described the event as ‘inspiring’, wowed by the talent that was on show. Plans are already in place to hold similar events in the future.
Kirstie Fulthorpe, Regional Director for London & South East at Oasis Community Learning said; “It gave me great
pleasure to attend this joyous and memorable occasion. My warmest congratulations to everyone.
My thanks must also go to the parents, carers and teachers for giving our children their unfailing support to enable this super event and their musical achievement."
As J M Barrie (Peter Pan) wrote, “If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.” It was a truly wonderful event.”