Over 60 students recently performed at the annual ACS Hillingdon’s Got Talent event, performing a wide range of comedy acts, songs and music in front of a packed live audience of friends and family.
Now in its fourth year, the Hillingdon’s Got Talent show was set up by ACS Hillingdon parent Amanda Philipe-Savage, who wanted to organise an event that would bring together the whole school to celebrate the unique talents of students from every year group.
One of the highlights of this year’s show was a performance by ACS Hillingdon student, Graeme Miller, who played two of his original compositions. Inspired by taking part in the Hillingdon’s Got Talent show last year, Graeme auditioned for the 2012 Open Mic UK Competition where he won the regional and area prizes for Best Original Song. Graeme beat over 2,000 other students across the UK to reach the top 30 and perform at the National Finals at the O2’s Indigo theatre.
“There are many music events at ACS Hillingdon throughout the year, but Hillingdon’s Got Talent is one of the only shows that the whole school takes part in so it always special,” commented Graeme Miller.
“Everyone gets behind all the acts, both the performers backstage and the audience. The show helped me develop my confidence with performing and I would definitely recommend to anyone else who is thinking of taking to the stage to give it a go – you never know what might happen!” he added.
Other standout performances included a student demonstrating his impressive skill at finishing a rubiks cube within 60 seconds, and a powerful rendition of ‘My Heart Will Go On’ by the Lois Mattson Orchestra.
The talent show doesn’t leave one act crowned the winner, but celebrates the talents and achievements of all students who take part. It isn’t about winning, it is all about participation.
Amanda Philipe-Savage, founder and main organiser of Hillingdon’s Got Talent, commented,
“Every year I love seeing the students grow in excitement as the evening approaches, and get to enjoy performing and showcasing their talents in front of the whole school community. The event was sold out for the fourth year in a row and continues to grow each year thanks to the hard work of all the parents, teachers and students who make the show what it is.”
“Events that bring together students of all ages are always special, and we are looking forward to creating an event that will give students across each of the ACS campus’ at Cobham, Egham and Hillingdon the chance to perform together in the future.”
Money raised on the night through ticket sales will be added to the funds available for the ACS Hillingdon Gifts Programme, which allows parents, students and teachers to choose an item to buy which will enhance the teaching and learning experiences for students at the school. So far the Gifts Programme has been used to purchase a piano, disco ball, microphones, and wigs for the school’s Performing Arts programme.