Pop stars given Perse makeover in Charity Lip Sync Battle
19 Mar 2019
Taylor Swift, Kanye West and the Spice Girls shared the stage for one night only as they were given a Perse twist at the school’s Charity Lip Sync Battle.
Teachers and students stepped into the shoes of pop superstars for the evening by dressing up and singing along to tunes by top musical acts and helped to raise around £1,000 for teenage mental health charity Stem4.
To mark the 20th anniversary of the Perse Charity Cabaret, members of the biology department went back to 1999 for a Spice Girls reunion, while maths staff brought a more contemporary touch as they performed as Taylor Swift’s various guises from her Shake It Off video.
Head of Sixth Form Richard Morgan gave a rousing rendition of Ireland’s Call – the song used as a national anthem by the Ireland rugby team – while sports coach Ravi Mahendra belted out Let It Go from Disney film Frozen.
Upper Sixth students Blythe White and Pip Jackson threw themselves into Aqua’s Barbie Girl, while Lower Sixth trio Oliver Buckingham, Lewis Black and Ruben Giuliani brought back the disco era with their performance of the Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive.
Other Sixth Form form groups provided entertaining performances of Wham!’s Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Estelle and Kanye West hit American Boy, the Pussycat Dolls and Dynamite by R’n’B star Taio Cruz, while the Senior Prefects reprised their song and dance routine from the recent Perse Charity Cabaret.
Maths teacher Lilian Blaxill, who helped organise the Lip Sync Battle, was pleased with how the event had gone.
She said: “It was a really fun night. Everyone enjoyed themselves and it was great to raise so much money for Stem4.”