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Welcome to the latest edition of Purcell’s Weekly Highlights! Don’t forget to read the May edition of ‘Crescendo’ the School’s Official Magazine!

Leader of NSSO Main Orchestra announced

We’re delighted to announce that current Purcell student Daniel Garvin has been appointed leader of the NSSO Main Orchestra, following the annual competition for the Leader’s Scholarship, which offers a free place to the winner. He first joined Young NSSO in 2012 and, like all successful applicants, enjoys a guaranteed place in the organisation until he is 19. #StudentNews

Off to Neverland

Purcell’s very own Ashton Hunt has been cast in British Youth Music Theatre – BYMT’s Peter Pan and we couldn’t be more proud! He audition with over 1000 children and has now been cast as a Peter Pans brother John. He will also be playing live and laying down music for the production at the Margate Theatre Royal in August. (You can catch him playing guitar in their latest Teaser!) #StudentNews

Royal College of Music Junior Department

Congratulations to Purcell student Chelsea Becker on being awarded the Humphrey Searle Memorial Composition Prize by the Royal College of Music Junior Department!

Six of the best sci-fi movie soundtracks

BBC Music Magazine recently listed their Six of the best sci-fi movie soundtracks featuring none other than former Purcellian Mica Levi for Under The Skin. She was just 26 when she was approached by film director Jonathan Glazer to write her first film score for his film Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson as an extraterrestrial who in human guise entices various men. Using a small ensemble of strings, flute and percussion combined with electronic music, Levi’s score creates its effect through a minimal number of musical themes embedded in a ‘beehive’ like sound, using scratchy string playing and microtonal tuning. #AlumniNews