In the lead up to our Royal Festival Hall concert on Monday, piano soloist, Alim Beisembayev was interviewed by Sean Rafferty, alongside Head of Keyboard, William Fong on Wednesday’s BBC Radio 3 drive time programme In Tune. Alim played Rachmaninov's Prelude Op. 32, No. 5 and Debussy's Prelude, Feux d'artifice. You can listen again here (exactly an hour into the show).
Alim will be performing Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 with our orchestra on Monday at the Royal Festival Hall. He was winner of the 2015 Junior Cliburn Competition and he studies with Tessa Nicholson at The Purcell School, supported by a Government Music and Dance Scheme Scholarship.
Meet exciting young conductor, Karina Canellakis, who makes her UK debut with our orchestra on Monday
The second half of the concert focused on works by four older composers, including two by Lauren Marshall who is a composer in residence at the National Youth Orchestra for a second consecutive season. A selection of five topographical works from the Panorpheus project in Malta formed a centrepiece to the concert. Pieces by Pablo Barios, Zakia Fawcett and Theo May were performed by an eclectic line-up of senior and junior performers. Head of Composition Alison Cox hosted the evening; Simon Speare, composition teacher, was also present, along with an appreciative audience of fellow pupils, parents, family members, guests and teachers. Lauren Marshall’s witty take on a Shakespeare sonnet ended a lively and memorable evening in the Recital Hall whilst Edward Longstaff’s Panorpheus composition was performed by musicians positioned all around the New Music Centre as the audience made their way home.
The evening’s concert gave a glimpse into the extraordinary creativity of the Composition Department at The Purcell School and we are all looking forward to hearing the world premier of Thomas Sparkes’ competition-winning composition, ‘Kakoethes’, which will be performed at The Royal Festival Hall on 29th February 2016.
“Such an amazing day!” Juniors, Year 7 and Year 8 spend a day at the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum…
As part of the January Exams and Outings week, pupils in Years 5, 6, 7 and 8 spent a busy day of exploration and discovery at the Science Museum and Natural History Museum in London. The Science Museum in particular captured the pupils’ imaginations and interest with the various workshops and interactive activities on offer focusing on the themes of space, energy and communications. The pupils threw themselves into the activities with their usual energy and enthusiasm and were quick to feedback their highlights:
“I was particularly fascinated by the space section. We went to a workshop where we learnt how spaceships are actually able to make it to space” (Eliza, Year 7)
“We had a workshop where we had a chance to make our own radios and speakers. It was really interesting to know how much Science is in our everyday life.” (Lily, Year 7)
“We watched a can of Pringles which was supposedly our own homemade rocket fill up with hydrogen from the balloon and blast off. It was very loud so we had to cover our ears!” (Chelsea, Year7)
A very big thank you from all of the pupils involved to Mr Panos Fellas, Head of Science and to all of their Science teachers for such a fun and hands-on scientific day.