MUSICAL pupils from Heart of England School – and their Beatles-mad headteacher – took to the stage of the world-famous Cavern Club last week.
Over 200 students, from around Solihull, took part in the concert, organised to mark the 55th birthday of the Liverpool venue – where the Fab Four began their career.
Heart of England, in Balsall Common, was one of eleven borough schools who each played a 20-minute set at last Monday’s concert.
Noel Adams, Hugh Davison, Morgan Watson, Jack Moss, Amy Stutz and Beth Abbott performed hits like Amy Winehouse’s Valerie and the Zephyr Song by Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
And trumpet-playing headteacher Andrew Mackereth joined them for a rendition of Walking on Sunshine.
“I’m a massive Beatles fan, so to be able to play live at the Cavern was just incredible,” said the former music teacher.
“A couple of our students had GCSE exams the next day, so I was pleased to see that they brought their revision books with them.”
The concert came about after Solihull Music Service received a special invitation from the club’s owner Dave Jones.
Every one of the youngsters who performed has been made a life-long honorary member of the Cavern Club.
Morgan Watson, aged 14, said: “It was a really good experience, it’s something that we can look back on in later life.”
Richard Jones, from Solihull Music Service, said: “We’ve been to the Cavern before, but this is by far the largest number of students we’ve taken.
“If you look at the artists who have played there, the roll-call is incredible.
“Even recently there’s been everyone from Adele to Jessie J.”