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Art Department Trip to Kew Gardens

Purcell’s Year 10 art students, accompanied by a group of Upper Sixth, visited Kew Gardens on Monday 30th September. The purpose of the trip was to take photographs of the stunning plants and flowers of Kew, and to use these in their portfolios and as the basis for upcoming art projects. Students also had the opportunity to see the outstanding glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly, which are in situ throughout the gardens as well as displayed in the gallery. Students had a great time, and have returned to School with some wonderful photographs and striking observational drawings.

Alexandra Peel

Upper Sixth violinist Alexandra Peel gave a fantastic concert with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra at St Saviour’s Church in St Alban’s on Saturday 28th September. Alexandra played Mendelssohn’s E minor Concerto.

Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival for Children

Last Thursday, a group of Purcell School students performed for over 400 primary school children over three concerts in St. Etheldreda’s Church in the grounds of Hatfield House, as part of the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival for Children. The small chamber orchestra performed the Carnival of the Animals with four student pianists, with lots of enthusiastic interactivity from the audience, as well as two new works from Purcell School composers, Edward Tait and Kaelen Bryden-Johnson. The following Saturday, our students had the opportunity to play with internationally renowned pianists Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen, conducted once again by Director of Music Paul Hoskins.