On 22 and 23 February we saw an Oakhill event that can only be described as “nights of magic”. Birthday Blue was held at the Barnyard Theatre in the Crags. Walking into the venue, one could almost feel the excitement in the wooden structures. The energy and jubilation was palpable, almost tangible.
Birthday Blue was a magnificent Oakhill event. The amount of exceptional talent was mind-blowing. Sitting in the audience, I was honestly thinking that any number of the performers could be on TV, their songs could be playing on the radio or I could be in the shops buying their CDs. Guitar, piano, the cello, drums and incredible vocals were some of the highlights. Every performer, from the breath-taking Charn, a pupil in Grade 10, to the sensational Carmen Micic, to the gorgeous Spanish guitar brother-sister duo, Carla and Fransu Myburgh, brought something special and truly beautiful to the stage.
This year, the College and Prep School performed on the same night to create a variety of culture and intrigue. There was not a person in the theatre who didn’t have chills running down their arms, legs and backs when Luyolo Mvimbi performed “You Raise me Up”. It was amazing to see the level of confidence and talent that exists at Oakhill amongst our pupils and the joy that music can bring to both the audience in pure appreciation and to the performers in action.
Birthday Blue was an event that allowed our school to truly showcase the extraordinary talents of our students. It allowed young people to give joy to other people through doing what they love and have worked so hard at. Thank you and a sincere congratulations to all the teachers involved and to each and every performer as well. Thank you for your dedication and determination. You were brilliant. I was so proud and honoured to have witnessed such a kaleidoscope of inspiration, sassiness and creativity.
Birthday Blue 2013 in three words: A Roaring Success.
by: Kristin Groenewald