Welcome to the latest edition of Purcell’s Weekly Highlights!

Klaipėda Piano Masters 2019

A big congratulations to Zara Williams on being selected to participate in the Klaipėda Piano Masters 2019 in Lithuania on 18 – 28 July. Zara is one of 25 students who have been selected and, the first UK National to attend the academy! An incredible achievement and we wish Zara the best of luck for July! #StudentNews

North London Festival of Music, Speech and Drama

Taking First Prize in the Premier Piano Challenge Competition at the North London Festival of Music, Speech and Drama is none other than Tristan Vermeulen! Tristan’s performance was labelled ‘outstanding’ with “plenty to enjoy in this confident account”, congratulations Tristan! #StudentNews

Getting the Grades

Congratulations to Da In Kim, who at only 12 years of age recently gained her Grade 8 (Cello) with Distinction! #StudentNews

Watford Symphony Orchestra

Eugenie Dalgleish will play Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Watford Symphony Orchestra on 11th May Saturday at 7.30pm. The venue is Clarendon Muse at Watford Grammar School for Boys. We wish Eugenie the best of luck for the performance! For more details click here. #StudentNews


Following the success of Purcell’s first live streamed concert, our Jazz Ensemble (Jack Thomas, Lorenzo Morabito, Miles Mindlin, Tom Waters) took to the stage this week for another stunning live performance. We want to thank everyone who has been tuning in on YouTube and we look forward to seeing you online for the next installment of ‘Live at Lunchtime’ at 1pm on Thursday 23rd May! Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notified when we post new content! #SchoolNews #StudentNews



Our Lower School Choir were fortunate enough to be visited by Gillian Dibden and Mark Griffiths this week for a masterclass! Gillian Dibden (MBE) studied piano and cello at the Royal College of Music. Following a long career in school teaching, she became a freelance Choral Specialist. Well known for her work with young choirs, she has enjoyed success in both national and international choral competitions. Gillian is a member of the Council of the Association of British Choral Directors and in 2014, she received the Chair’s Award for outstanding contribution to Choral Music. Mark Griffiths began his musical training as a chorister at St John’s College, Cambridge and returned to the university as a Choral Scholar at Trinity College. Mark has worked with the Philharmonia Chorus, preparing them for concerts at the Royal Festival Hall and on tour, and for small professional groups including Trinity Voices. He also coaches choral conductors for the Association of British Choral Directors at whose National Convention he has been a presenter. He is an adjudicator for the National Festival of Music for Youth and was a recipient of a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship.
Following the session Gillian said “The choir is amazing, in every way. Beautiful voices and the finest of musicianship combined to make this a truly memorable occasion.” We are incredibly lucky to have such renowned professionals meet and teach our students and want to thank both Gillian and Mark for their time and hard work! #SchoolNews #StudentNews


Creativity Sparks Collaboration

This week The Purcell School partnered with Momentum Performing Arts Academy to put on an evening of music and dances with original compositions and choreography! #SchoolNews #StudentNews
(Photos and videos coming soon!)