Congratulations to the Atéa Wind Quintet, who were double prize-winners at the recent Carl Nielsen Competition 2015, picking up 3rd Prize overall, and the Contemporary Music Prize.
The Quintet's Clarinettist, Anna Hashimoto is an alumna of The Purcell School and the Quintet were resident at the School in the academic year 2014-2015, giving classes and concerts.
The Purcell School Symphony Orchestra gave a concert at the Watford Colosseum on Sunday under the baton of Jacques Cohen. The orchestra performed a programme of American music: Bernstein Candide Overture, Gershwin An American in Paris, Barber Violin Concerto and Dvořák New World Symphony. This concert was the culmination of weekly rehearsals since the start of the Autumn Term and an intensive three-day orchestral course with Jacques Cohen.
Violin soloist, Juhee Yang is currently a student of the Royal College of Music. She finished her studies at The Purcell School, where she was taught by Itzhak Rashkovsky, in Summer 2015. She was the recipient of the School’s Arthur Felsenstein Leavers’ Award.
Conductor, Jacques Cohen has worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Bucharest Philharmonic, Kremerata Baltica and countless other groups in the UK and abroad. He is Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Isis Ensemble who perform regularly at London’s Southbank Centre and around the UK.
This local venue is known for its acoustics. The Watford Colosseum has been used to record the soundtracks of Lord of the Rings, The Sound of Music and Star Wars. In 1995, Pavarotti came to Watford Colosseum to record Verdi’s Inno delle Nazioni with the Philharmonia Chorus. More recently, recordings from BBC Concert Orchestra have taken place in the auditorium.
Purcell School alumnus, Jacob Collier was interviewed by Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 last week. You can hear the show here.
Recently hailed by John Lewis in The Guardian as "jazz's new messiah", Jacob is making a huge name for himself. Since leaving School, his YouTube videos have gained him a huge online audience, with covers of classics such as Stevie Wonder's 'Isn't She Lovely', 'Don't you worry 'bout a thing', and most recently Michael Jackson's P.Y.T. He is being mentored by Record Producer Quincy Jones, who describes Jacob as “Beyond category. One of my favourite young artists on the planet – absolutely mind-blowing”. You can see Jacob live at the EFG London Jazz Festival on 20th November, where he is performing a solo show.
Jacob studied at The Purcell School until 2012 before going on to the Jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music. While at Purcell, he studied Jazz Piano with Simon Colam, Composition with Simon Speare and voice with Tom Marandola.