22 January 2020

Music Highlights

The upcoming term will be busy for the music department and we have already had some fantastic achievements and a brilliant piano showcase.

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Piano Showcase: Protest Pianist

Held on 21 January, Protest Pianist was designed to approach music from a different angle – as means of protest instead of entertainment or appreciation. The concert sought to uncover music as a beacon of cultural democracy and as an agent for change by presenting music which on the one hand protests about global issues, and on the other hand dissents against the conventions and institutions of music itself.

The Space Ensemble opened the concert with the riotous Workers Union by Dutch iconoclast Louis Andriessen. Our students then take turns to perform various iconoclastic piano works. The concert finishes with a socialistic performance of Volkslied involving all players.

News and Achievements

We are pleased to hear that the following students have been offered a place to play in the National Children’s Orchestra (NCO) after going through highly selective auditions: Claudia Shaffie (Y7), Ellie Curson (Y9) and Benji Brandon (Y9).

ABRSM Exam Results

Congratulations to the students who received distinctions in the December ABRSM Exams: George Baldry (Double Bass), Colin Chan (Piano), Alex Hall (Organ), Laksmi Kandasamy (Violin), Darcy Lambert (Singing), Elena Tan (Singing), Serena Thompson (Singing).

Meanwhile, the next round of examinations will be held on 24 January. Good luck to all candidates!

Upcoming Concerts

We very much welcome parents and tutors to join us and show support for our department calendar. Our regular platform concert series has resumed this week and the Music Award Holders’ Recital takes place on 31 January.

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