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

Zara Williams

Year 12 pianist Zara Williams has been invited to take part in the 4th Feuerwerk Einbeck International Winter Piano Academy. Feuerwerk is an invitation-only academy which will run from 30th December 2019 to 6 January 2020. Zara has been granted a scholarship, and is one of only eleven pianists selected to attend. The winter academy is organised by Konzert & Kulturfreunde Einbeck e.V. and led by artistic director Gintaras Januševičius.

Rhys Concessao

On Tuesday 22nd October 2019, Year 12 student Rhys Concessao has been invited by the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation to perform a solo recital in the Experimental Theatre NCPA, Mumbai, India.
Rhys will be performing as part of the foundations young generation of pianists series. Tickets are available here.

Ashton Hunt

Over the summer, Year 9 student Ashton Hunt had a very successful season playing the role of John in the British Youth Music Theatre’s production of Peter Pan. Ashton was also been awarded a Grade 8 distinction for Music Theatre Production.

The Purcell School Friends Concert

On Tuesday evening the School celebrated the annual Purcell School Friends Concert. Performers included Sixth Former Lewis Isaacs, who is this year’s Friends Scholar. The concert was followed by a drinks reception to thank the Friends for their ongoing support of our students.

Jack Liebeck

Alumnus and violinist virtuoso Jack Liebeck will join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra this November to perform the world premiere of Paul Dean’s violin concerto A Brief History of Time, which was dedicated to the late physicist Professor Stephen Hawking. The concert will feature music from the scientific age, highlighting how great composers have, throughout the ages, attempted to understand and explain our place in the universe using music. Professor Brian Cox hosts this unique event – bridging the gap between music and science – and will present on our universe and solar system throughout. More information is available here.

Nicholas Daniel

Aberdeen’s soundfestival celebrates its 15th anniversary this month with an array of performances and collaborations by local, UK and international artists. One such collaboration is between alumnus and oboist Nicholas Daniel, Any Enemy and Red Note Ensemble. The performance will showcase the oboe as part of the festival’s ‘endangered instruments’ series.

Sir Andrew Davis

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has announced the much anticipated culmination of Sir Andrew Davis’ Mahler symphony cycle, unveiling what will be a massive performance of Mahler’s choral Eighth Symphony in the Margaret Court Arena next year. The Purcell School patron, Sir Andrew Davis has said of this particular symphony cycle that ‘It is a huge cosmic vision and I am counting down the days until I can share this truly transformative experience’.

Absence Policy

Please be aware that the School has recently put in place the following new arrangements for requesting student absences.

All requests are to be sent to, at least 14 days in advance of the planned absence. The email must contain details of time, date, travel arrangements and student particulars. The School Office will liaise with relevant staff members, and respond directly to the request maker.

Students absent without permission will be considered as unauthorised absences. If a student has last minute emergency, or absence due to illness, please contact the relevant house parent directly by phone or email, and inform the School Office via

Thank you for your support.

‘Wear it Pink’ Day

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Day, on Friday 18th October students and staff are invited to come to School sporting something pink – be it a pair of pink socks or a pink top. The School will be collecting money for the charity ‘CoppaFeel!’ (Breast Cancer Awareness Charity) and a collection box will be in the School Office. Please donate as little or as much as you like.

Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award

Over the past few weeks Purcell students have been hard at work, preparing for the Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award. The Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents.