Friends and family of Junior School pupils gathered to watch them perform in the annual Music and Drama Showcase before the half term holiday.

The Showcase event is for those boys in Years 3 to 6 who take lessons in speech, drama and music at Derby Grammar School.

Pupils studying speech and drama are taught by Mrs Simpson who encourages each to enter LAMDA exams to recognise their achievements, and local competitions.

Performers included Kian in Year 3 who opened the evening with an hilarious reading of a poem about his favourite food, spaghetti.

Jeona in Year 6 read an excerpt from Skulduggery Pleasant. It is a piece he is practising in preparation for his grade 5 exam – a phenomenal achievement for a pupil of his age.

And Adam, who is preparing for his public speaking exam, told us all about his favourite book, Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams.

Our musicians treated us to solo performances on their instruments which ranged from the piano and clarinet to the trombone and electric guitar. Performers included those just starting out with their instrument, to those who have already completed a number of grade exams and who are already proving themselves to be accomplished performers.

The evening finished with Will’s performance of Team Talk: After the Match by Cliff Jury, which had the audience roaring with laughter.