Middle & Secondary Showcase 2023

On the 16th February the music hub welcomed some of our Middle and Secondary schools to the Whitley Bay Playhouse to showcase the talents of their young people and what a lot of talent there was!

The show opened with two stunning vocal performances from Longbenton High School who performed an arrangement of California Dreamin’ followed by a beautiful version of ‘Take me to the Water’ which incorporated two talented vocal solos from choir members. The choir was accompanied by Head of Music Miss Houlton.

Churchill Community College followed with a lively, polished selection of songs from Disney’s Tangled and Moana finishing with the RSC arrangement of ‘Naughty’ from Matilda which showcased the solo talents of their leading cast member. The choir was directed by Head of Music, Mrs Rowell.

The North Tyneside Music Hub Vocal group which works in conjunction with our Standing Upright Project were next. The group sang two popular show songs from the Lion King and Rent with some great harmonies and fabulous solo moments. The choir was led by Susie Jones, Standing Upright Lead.

Marden Bridge Middle performed with great skill and enthusiasm bringing to life their programme taking the audience along with them! Their programme included songs by Stormzy and local composers Gareth Miller and Beccy Owen. The Choir was led by Charlotte Law from North Tyneside Music Education Hub.

Norham High School brought musical theatre to their performance with two songs from their forthcoming show Bugsy Malone. This was beautifully staged and saw some really talented soloists and cast members bring the show to life. The cast was led by Head of Music, Miss Stretton.

For our penultimate performance Valley Gardens Middle gave the audience a treat with another varied programme with songs by Bex Mather, Yazoo and Clean Bandit. Again, some great part singing and high-quality singing. The choir was led by Head of Music Mrs Scott

The final performance of the evening saw Kings Priory School give high quality, spirited performances of ‘Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody’ and ‘Believe’ which brought the concert to a fantastic end. The choir was led by Head of Music Mrs Johnston.


This was a fabulous evening of really high-quality vocal work. Well done to everyone involved in making this such a memorable event and keep on singing!