Beacon School prapare for festive spectaular

PUBLISHED: 14:15 27 November 2009 | UPDATED: 12:23 10 June 2010

PUPILS at The Beacon School are putting the finishing touches to their Christmas musical, Bethlehem!

PUPILS at The Beacon School are putting the finishing touches to their Christmas musical, Bethlehem!

Written and scored by Richard Skinner and Nigel Walsh, the first ever performance is at Holy Trinity Church, Exmouth, on December 9 at 6.30pm.

Intensive rehearsals over the past month have been directed by Sue Lawson, the school's music co-ordinator, with help from teachers and staff of the Devon Music Service.

While it has its tender moments, Bethlehem! is no sentimental piece. The prophet insistently urges the people to listen to the message of hope; Herod appears, sinisterly surrounded by henchmen and thugs while brightly-coloured angels strike awe into the hearts of the shepherds on the hillside.

Composer Nigel Walsh said: "Richard and I are thrilled that The Beacon School has taken on the challenging task of this first performance.

"Whenever I have dropped in on rehearsals, I have been overwhelmed by the children's talent, commitment and enthusiasm.

"I am deeply grateful to all of them and particularly to Sue Lawson for her inspired leadership."

The school's head teacher, Sue Lockwood, said: "Our children's many skills and talents are being used to great effect for this performance. It is a privilege to be involved with such talented individuals."

Sue Lawson said: "Over the years, pupils of the Beacon School have performed several musical versions of the Christmas story.

"Bethlehem! However, has proved to be the most challenging so far.

"The twelve songs in the musical cover a range of genres and have really challenged the children and myself.

"A challenge to which the children have risen magnificently - I am so proud of them.

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