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Murrell House Soirée: A Night At The Oscars

The annual Murrell Soirée returned in style this week with a glamorous ‘Night at the Oscars’ theme. In true Oscars style, we had our very own red carpet, gold shimmer curtains, sparkly balloons and – of course – Hollywood revolving lights which certainly set the scene in Big School.

During Act 1, we enjoyed eight excellent performances that truly showcased Murrell’s musical talent. Starting off the night, Allegra Sheen beautifully sang Put Your Records On, which was followed by Emily Worby’s brilliant piano playing. We then heard superb solos from Esme Jordan, Bibi Watkins, and Olivia Gioffredo (who impressively accompanied herself on the piano).

Murrell’s talent did not stop there, Amy Scerri magnificently played Van Halen’s Jump on drums, before one of our amusing hosts of the evening, Maya Shehata, sang Don’t Go Breaking my Heart with Paige Chamberlain. Finally, Maddie Fairbank’s exceptional solo closed off the outstanding first Act.

Following Act 1, we headed to Dining Hall to enjoy beef bourguignon with mashed potato, and a delicious red velvet cake for dessert; thoughtfully chosen by our Soirée prefects and hosts – Maya and Riya Treohan. Additionally, on the dinner tables, we had an Oscar-themed quiz to enjoy.

Shortly after dinner, we gathered back in the fabulously decorated Big School for the Charity Raffle and our year group performances. Our charity for the evening was Saving Pound Dogs Cyprus, a non-profit organisation dedicated to rescuing and rehoming stray dogs to loving homes in the UK and across Europe.

Ellie Jordan decided on this charity, and she organised and hosted the raffle.

Then it was time for more performances. The Middle Fourth, Upper Fourth and Fifth Form year groups performed entertaining dances from Oscar-winning movies; including: Aladdin, Grease, and Dirty Dancing.

Then the Lower Sixth gave a remarkable and energetic song and dance act to Valerie by Amy Winehouse.

Closing off what had been a delightful evening, was the very amusing Upper Sixth’s ‘Movie Magic’ video, featuring scenes from James Bond, Titanic, Mamma Mia, Harry Potter and more!

Having been in hiatus for 18 months; this was many pupils’ first Murrell Soirée. The entertaining, impressive, and joyous atmosphere throughout the evening ensured an enjoyable evening was had by all.

By Eva Saunders, Upper Sixth