Creating new music should lie at the heart of any musical institution: last Wednesday The Purcell School demonstrated a continuing commitment to composition by staging a ‘New Music’ First Study Composers’ Concert in the Recital Room. This concert showcased the work of six of the school’s first-study composers. The evening opened with works by the two youngest composers in the school: Chelsea Becker and Philip Theodorou from year 7. Their works had been inspired by a project focusing on birdsong and included pieces for two pianos (Philip), a flute, oboe and clarinet trio (Chelsea), recorder solo (Chelsea) and mixed ensemble (Philip). These were given engaging performances by pupils from years 7 to 13.
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.