His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has renewed his Patronage of The Purcell School for a further five years, until 2018. The School has enjoyed his Patronage since 1985.
David Thomas, Headmaster comments “We are absolutely thrilled that The Prince of Wales will continue as Patron of The Purcell School. His support has been invaluable to the school’s mission of providing a world class musical education, and will continue to be so as we enter our second half-century.”
Eight Purcell pupils have recently returned from The Commonwealth Resounds! music festival in Sri Lanka, where they performed at a special Royal Dinner for the Commonwealth Heads of Government, hosted by His Royal Highness. The School also provides music for Investiture ceremonies at Buckingham Palace on occasion.
Martin Barlett, who has won the Royal College of Music Junior Department's Peter Morrison Concerto Competition.
He will perform Rachmaninov's Paganini Variations with the RCM Junior Department Symphony Orchestra in March 2014
Clare Sutherland, who has won first prize in The Association of English Singers and Speakers Catherine Lambert Junior Recital Competition 2013. Clare also won the Speaking Prize.
Bernice Chitiul, who reached the finals of the same competition.
Hana Mizuka Spencer, who has won the Senior Category of the John McAslan Violin prize at the Junior Royal Academy of Music.
We are sorry to announce the very sad death of Lower Sixth form bassoonist Toby Davies.
Toby, who joined The Purcell School in September from Reading School, was a member of the National Youth Wind Ensemble, Berkshire Youth Orchestra and the Acer Minor Bassoon Sextet. He studied bassoon with Sarah Burnett, piano with Daniel King-Smith and composition with Simon Speare. Toby was taken ill suddenly last week and sadly died in Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.
Headmaster David Thomas said: "The whole school is extremely upset at Toby's sudden death. He was a very popular and talented pupil, who brought a love of life, a love of people and a love of music to the school. In his short time here, he gave a great deal to the life of the school, and he will be much missed."
The school is planning various events to celebrate Toby's life, more details of which will be published in due course.
Toby (centre) and other members of our 'Impulse' Outreach group at a local primary school earlier this term. (Photo: M. Wess)
On Monday evening, eight pupils from The Purcell School returned from Sri Lanka, where they took part in a special music festival that ran alongside the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
The young musicians took part in performances, projects, masterclasses, seminars and outreach work for The Commonwealth Resounds!, an organisation seeking to identify and promote outstanding musical initiatives in Commonwealth countries, develop partnerships between artists from different cultural origins and support training programmes for young musicians. This organisation was founded by Alison Cox OBE, Head of Composition and Outreach at The Purcell School.
On Friday 15th November, three Purcell pupils were invited to perform during a special Royal Dinner for the Commonwealth Heads of Government, hosted by the School’s Royal Patron, The Prince of Wales. They were delighted to have a chance to speak to the Presidents of Nauru and Samoa, who both took a special interest in their musical programme.
Five Purcell School pupils performed in the Commonwealth Festival Orchestra, hosted by the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka, including many talented musicians from other Commonwealth countries, and conducted by Dr. James Ross. The orchestra gave a spectacular Gala Concert (pictured below left) to a packed audience in the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre. This included Andromeda, a new fanfare composed specially for the occasion by the 16-year old Purcell School composer, Alan Mofti.
The Purcell School's Sri Lanka team made ‘Songbound’ their special focus for charitable fundraising in 2012/13. This is a music outreach initiative that uses singing to reach out to India’s most impoverished children via collaborative projects with schools, choirs and professional musicians worldwide. Three new choirs have been started in Sri Lanka as a result of the fundraising achievements of Purcell School pupils, who will be working with Joe Walters and choral trainers in Sri Lanka to spread the benefits of this excellent programme into new communities.
Well done to the seven Purcell pupils who have taken up places in the National Youth Orchestra for 2014 (six of them pictured above!).
Gyu-Nam Kim (bass)
Victoria Gill (violin)
Matthew Paris (bass)
Francesca Cox (oboe)
Jessica Price (bass)
Matthew Higham (flute)
William Gough (bassoon)
The orchestra starts 2014 with two concerts under the baton of Paul Daniel
, performing Mahler's 5th Symphony and a new commission by Larry Groves, on Saturday 4 Januray at Leeds Town Hall and Sunday 5 January at the Barbican, London. More details can be found at http://nyo.org.uk
Congratulations are in order to all performers for last night's concert at Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican.
The programme included music for harp by Pierne and Grandjany, Tchaikovsky's Méditation for violin from Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher, songs by Gershwin and Cole Porter and works for piano including preludes by Debussy and Rachmaninov, Haydn's Sonata No. 39, Schumann's Abegg Variations and Liszt's grand Paraphrase de concert sur Rigoletto.
With special thanks to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for the opportunity to perform at their brand new concert hall.
Eight Purcell pupils set off to Sri Lanka last Thursday, accompanied by Alison Cox OBE, Head of Composition and Outreach and Founder of 'The Commonwealth Resounds!' and Charles Sewart, Head of Strings.
The young musicians will be taking part in performances, projects, masterclasses, discussions and outreach work for ‘The Commonwealth Resounds!’, an organisation seeking to identify and promote outstanding musical initiatives in Commonwealth countries, develop partnerships between artists from different cultural origins and support training programmes for young musicians.
The Purcell School's Sri Lanka team have made ‘Songbound’ their special focus for charitable fundraising in 2012/13. This is a music outreach initiative that uses singing to reach out to India’s most impoverished children via collaborative projects with schools, choirs and professional musicians worldwide .They will be working with Joe Walters and choral trainers in Sri Lanka to spread the benefits of this excellent programme into new communities.
An exhibition of work by our 2013 A-Level art students was launched on Saturday at Bushey Museum.
Visitors were treated to music performed by the Purcell Flute Choir as they viewed the artwork.
Admission to Bushey Museum is free, and the exhibition runs until 1st December. Opening times: Thursday to Sundays 11am - 4pm
Bushey Museum, Rudolph Rd, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 3HW
Year 11 pupil Lucinda Rimmer
, one of the winners of the 2013 BBC Proms Inspire Young Composer Competition, has been interviewed for Bachtrack's Contemporary Music Month feature.
Here’s what Lucinda had to say: http://ow.ly/ps790
Huge congratulations to our Wigmore Hall performers for a fantastic concert on Sunday evening. Outstanding performances were given by all to a big audience.
Some sound clips to be uploaded soon!
Our next showcase concert will be at the Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican
on Tuesday 12 November, 7:30pm
Details are here
Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican Centre, London EC2Y 8DS
Tickets: £10; £8 concessions
Box office: 01923 331109 / email@example.com
Impromptu-Caprice; Bach arr. Grandjany
Andante from Violin Sonata No.2; Haydn
Sonata in D major, Hob XVI:24; Debussy
Preludes, Book I: La fille aux cheveux de lin and Minstrels; Pour le piano; Schumann
Abegg Variations, Op.1; Gershwin
Summertime; Nice Work If You Can Get It; I Got Rhythm; Porter
Every Time We Say Goodbye; Tchaikovsky
Meditation Op.42; Beethoven
32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO80; Rachmaninov
Preludes in G minor, Op.32 no.5 and B-flat major, Op.23 no.2; Liszt
Paraphrase de concert sur Rigoletto, S.434