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.
2010 May - Lara Melda becomes the second Purcell winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.
2012 January 18th - The Purcell School is 50 years old.
March 19th - Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration Concert in the Royal Festival Hall.
The Purcell School is a member of the Music & Dance Scheme
Awarded for outstanding contribution to arts education.
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