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Friends of CLS host Spring Soirée

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Tuesday evening saw the latest iteration of the annual Spring Soirée take place in the Great Hall and Asquith Room here at CLS. The Spring Soirée, organised by the Charity Committee, the Friends of CLS and the Music Department, is an evening of impressive musical performance, feverish fundraising and delicious finger food. This year was no exception: talented boys of all ages played and sang music of all genres, from the Nunc Dimittis canticle to Ed Sheeran. Particularly memorable amongst an already stellar line-up of acts were Sixth Former Ziying's spectacular rendition of Chopin’s Scherzo No. 2, the jazz improvisation group’s impressive performance of Sixth Former Jamie's own composition, and the Jazz Orchestra’s final salvo in the form of an arrangement of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Mr McBroom was host for the night, brimming with his usual corny jokes and anecdotes (‘I played with the Stones at Hyde Park once—the keeper said, “all right, but don’t hit the ducks”’) to keep the audience entertained between acts.

The Spring Soirée’s main purpose was of course to raise money for Amref. The Charity Committee were working hard, selling raffle tickets and CLS tea towels, and collecting donations at the intervals amongst other things. A silent auction also took place during the first half of the evening, with lots ranging from a ‘Valet Shoe Care Box’ to a private tour of Google’s headquarters and Arsenal Platinum Level tickets up for grabs. All in all, this year’s Spring Soirée was a great success; the parents in the audience left relaxed and merry. Thank you to all those involved in this event for a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Talented boys of all ages played and sang music of all genres.
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