The first Open Mic event of the year took place this past Saturday. The energy and excitement were evident to the importance and popularity of these Open Mic events among St Andrew’s and DSG pupils. It was a wonderful opportunity for friends to catch up with each other after the holidays in a relaxed and entertaining environment. The Wall Tuck Shop was kind enough to open for the event and the hot chocolate and snacks aided in the event being well supported.
These events provide an opportunity for emerging musicians to gain experience performing to a live audience without having to go through the normal process of signing up for a concert or organising their own gig.
Performances ranged from musical ensembles consisting of guitar and keyboard to a solo ukulele. The highlight of the night was Grade 8 Gabriel Galetshoge from St Andrew’s College performing an outstanding and energetic performance of “Blinding Lights” by The Weekend. Gabriel’s performance was met with roaring applause and a standing ovation from all. He truly encompassed the spirit of the Open Mic ethos of providing an opportunity for learners to try performing for the first time in a safe and encouraging environment, which encourages and supports all who are brave enough to try it. He can be commended on his bravery as a Grade 8 pupil, having the courage to stand up and perform for the audience. A daunting experience but well worth it in the end.
Congratulations to all performers of the night for a wonderful evening of music and friendship.