A beautiful, sunny day in Folkestone greeted the Primary Schools Concert event in 2016, sponsored by Basepoint, organised by Hilary Walker of All Souls CE Primary School in Cheriton and enjoyed by many in a relaxing venue.

After all costs £385 was raised for Great Ormond Street Hospital on the day – a great result. A total of £1,300 has now been raised for the Hospital by All Souls CE PS. In 2017 the schools would like to support Demelza House.

Schools and groups who participated included Shepway Brass Academy who played a selection of pieces including Mission Impossible and Pirates of the Caribbean. This was followed by the Folkestone Academy Junior Choir singing Diamonds Medley and a solo performer from Brockhill Park Performing Arts College.

St. Martins Primary Choir sang Beauty and the Beast and When She Loved Me followed by a solo performer from Folkestone Academy singing Empty Chairs from Les Miserables and a solo performer from Ark Drama 2000 with the beautiful song I Dreamed a Dream Other performances came from Glassworks Sixth Form  Rock Band (500 miles), Josh Sprague the beatboxer and Matt Walker of Harvey Grammar singing Mr Cellophane.

The afternoons music and dance festival continued with Christ Church, CEP Academy with a selection of songs including Thank you for the music, Ark Drama 2000 – Pure Imagination, Summer Nights, Wild Wild World and Bollywood Dance and a solo performer singing Somewhere Only we Know.

This was followed by a Collaboration of Folkestone School for Girls/ Glassworks sixth form (All that Jazz) with Katie and Chris Walker. The finale included  a Gospel Medley, Scary Fairground Ride, Power in Me by All Souls Primary Performing Arts Club, a Collaboration of All Souls /Ark Drama 2000 with a Madness Medley and then all schools and Ark Drama 2000 sang together Invincible (with Kate Walker as the Soloist).

A brilliant day with food stall, ice cream, Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam and story-telling and Face Painting with a Pirates Theme throughout the day. Hilary Walker was thanked for laying on such an entertaining afternoon and Basepoint and Children’s Party Mascots were thanked for their sponsorship.

Basepoint are happy to sponsor the 2017 event again and it is planned to raise money for Demelza House. Various costs could be reduced/shared and more money raised if we turn this event into a two day event with the second day being a fun day perhaps with games and so on.