Black History Month Extravaganza | Epsom College
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Black History Month Extravaganza

Before a packed and excitable Big School audience, the cream of Epsom’s musical talent came together to recreate, and thereby honour, the work of celebrated black artists such as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Etta James and Tina Turner. There were 19 acts in total – the depth of talent at Epsom now is extraordinary – and the audience roared and clapped their approval after each and every one.

“It was a joyous, often jaw-dropping occasion that displayed Epsom College 2021 at its very best. After the long barren months of the pandemic, this was a magnificent feast of entertainment – and the audience devoured everything offered.”

Mr Nick Russell, Assistant Head: Sixth Form

Order of performance


  • Redbone (Childish Gambino) performed by Raffi Harley (Guitar), Solomon Ekoku (Drums), Ben Garrett (Voice), Ed Chesser (Voice), Barney Fildes (Piano), Fraser Spalding (Sax)
  • Killing Me Softly (Fugees) performed by Olivia Gioffredo (Voice)
  • If I Were a Boy (Beyoncé) performed by Esme Jordan (Voice)
  • Still I Rise (Maya Angelou) read by Kaycee Padayachy & Sabrina Singh
  • Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers) performed by Ed Green (Voice)
  • Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder) performed by Solomon Ekoku (Piano) and Fraser Spalding (Sax)
  • Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder) performed by Samara Sarpong (Drums), Solomon Ekoku (Piano) and Fraser Spalding (Sax)
  • Summertime from Porgy and Bess (Gershwin) performed by Holly Hewins (Voice) and Mr Johns (Piano)
  • Simply the Best (Tina Turner) performed by the Staff Band: Mrs Piggot (Voice), Mrs Chistyakova (Voice), Mrs Winmill (Voice & Drums), Mr Bustard (Bass) and Mr. Stephens (Keyboard)
  • Autumn Leaves (Joseph Kosma) performed by Ellie Vetch (Voice), Mr. Johns (Piano)
  • Feeling Good (Nina Simone) performed by Tessa Vafai (Voice)
  • Dance: Beyoncé remix, dance performed by Cyndi Chang, Celestine Hung and Karis Lai
  • I’d Rather Go Blind (Etta James) performed by Paige Chamberlain (Voice)
  • It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World (James Brown) performed by Solomon Ekoku (Piano) and Barney Fildes (Voice)
  • Hallelujah (Alexandra Burke) performed by Alana Hinge (Voice)
  • Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin) performed by Katie Evans (Voice), Mr Johns (Piano), Mr Lee (Bass), Curtis Day (Guitar), Zach Ho (Drums), Annabelle Harper (Trombone), Alex Povey (Sax) and Fraser Spalding (Sax)
  • Masterpiece (Jazmine Sullivan) performed by Maddie Fairbank (Voice)
  • Man in the Mirror (Michael Jackson) performed by Mary-Angel Ngamali (Voice)
  • Proud Mary (Tina Turner) performed by the Staff Band: Mr Matthews (Guitar), Miss Johnson (Voice), Mr Jackson (Drums), Mr Stephens (Keyboard), Mr Bustard (Bass), Mr Fisher (Trumpet)