The Early Years ...
1961 - Rosemary Rapaport and Irene Forster first discuss the idea of a special school to tutor young and talented musicians.
1962 January 18th - The Central Tutorial School for Young Musicians opens in temporary premises at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, with four pupils.
1963 June - The School's first public concert at the Conway Hall.
September - The School, now with ten pupils, rising to twenty-five in the course of the year, moves to Morley College.
1965 March - Concert at Morley College includes premiere performance of Three Chinese Lyrics by Oliver Knussen, then a pupil at the School.
1969 - School moves to Heath House in Hampstead.
1972 - The Central Tutorial School for Young Musicians is re-named and becomes The Purcell School.
1973 - Concert at the Wigmore Hall to celebrate the re-naming of the School. The soloist in Vivaldi's Sonata for 'Cello and Strings is Robert Cohen, at that time a pupil in the School.
Hampstead to Harrow ...
1975 - The School (now nearly one hundred strong) moves to Oakhurst, Harrow-on-the-Hill. Ravensholt added the year after.
1980 - Purcell School Alumnus Nicholas Daniel becomes BBC Young Musician of the Year.
1985 March - HRH The Prince of Wales agrees to be the School's Patron.
1986 - The School becomes fully specialist after a long period operating a two-tier system.
1987 March - 25th anniversary of the School celebrated with a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
A new home in Bushey ...
1997 September - The School moves to Bushey and takes over the buildings of the Royal Caledonian School.
1998 January - The Purcell School in Bushey is formally opened by HRH The Prince of Wales.
2003 February - The Purcell School is awarded the UNESCO Mozart Gold Medal for services to Music Education.
2007 May - The School's President, Sir Simon Rattle, opens the New Music Centre - the School's first, purpose-built music building.
50 years young ...
2012 January 18th - The Purcell School is 50 years old.
March 19th - Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration Concert in the Royal Festival Hall (see photo at the top of the page).
2014 - The school has finalists in all three BBC Competitions (Young Musician, Young Musician Jazz Award, and Young Composer) and Martin James Bartlett becomes BBC Young Musician of the Year.
The Purcell School is a member of the Music & Dance Scheme
Awarded for outstanding contribution to arts education.
The Purcell School gratefully acknowledges financial support from PRS for Music Foundation
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