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Heads of School Elections

This week saw The Purcell School gripped by election fever as the 11 candidates for Head Girl and Head Boy stepped up in Assembly on Monday to launch their campaigns and spent all day Monday and Tuesday answering questions from prospective voters around the school. Voting closed on Wednesday at midnight, and from that a shortlist were invited to interview with the Principal, who will use these interviews along with the public vote (which was open to all students and staff) to make his final decision. It’s as if Game of Thrones has moved to Bushey! #StudentNews #SchoolNews

Rotary Young Musician of the Year

Congratulations to Yazdi Madon who has won the National Final of the Rotary Young Musician of the Year Competition for 2019. This competition is organised in four stages, local, district and regional, culminating in the national final, which this year was held at Anglia Ruskin University on Saturday, 4th May. Yazdi would like to take this opportunity of extending his gratitude to his teacher, Patsy Toh, for all her help and support. #StudentNews

Reigate Music Festival

Fern Brooks recently took part in the Harp section of the Reigate Music Festival last weekend and won her section. Fern was awarded 94 and an Outstanding performance by the Adjudicator Keziah Thomas. Fern was also awarded the Sidonie Goosen Shield and a first place Medallion. Congratulations Fern! #StudentNews


Pianist Evgeny Kissin Brings Down the House at Symphony Center
(An extract from a recent review of former Purcell student Evgeny Kissin)
“A number of extraordinary pianists of different generations have played on the Symphony Center stage during the past season or two…But the extended standing ovations that followed each of the four works performed at Sunday afternoon’s concert by Evgeny Kissin were something different. And the volcanic applause that erupted at the end of the concert (at which nearly every seat, both in the theater and on stage, was filled), was joyfully reciprocated by the musician who played four encores, including one self-penned piece. The whole thing was unlike anything I can recall.”
For the full review click here. #AlumniNews

John Rink: Chopin

John Rink, professor at Cambridge University, concert pianist and leading authority on Chopin, gave a wonderfully fascinating, illuminating and thought-provoking talk on the sanctity of urtext editions in relation to the composer’s manuscripts and first editions. We look forward to his next visit! #SchoolNews