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

Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival

This year, due to the pandemic, the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival 2020 went online. The annual Schools Concert, which usually sees groups of school children visit Hatfield House for a live performance, was brought to classrooms virtually. The Schools Concert was performed by Purcell students, and recorded in our very own Recital Room. The programme featured music by composers from Handel to Skempton in a variety of different instrumental ensembles.

Click here to watch the full concert.

Global Peace Challenge 2020

January saw the launch of the Global Peace Challenge 2020. The movement is committed to celebrating local and worldwide events dedicated to promoting Peace around the world. One such event, organised by the Global Peace Challenge, took place on 23rd October and we are delighted to report that an original piece by first study composer Maddy (Year 10) was played at the beginning and end of the programme.

For more information or to donate to view the event, please visit the Global Peace Challenge 2020 and Music Event websites, respectively.

Sasha Scott

Alumna and Royal College of Music 1st Year Undergraduate Sasha Scott’s new work for the Aurora Orchestra entitled Lucid was premiered on Saturday 7th November as part of the ‘Live from Kings Place’ series. Sasha, who is a previous winner of the BBC Proms Young Composer Competition, described her piece in conversation with BBC Radio 3’s Tom Service as portraying those moments between wakefulness and sleep.

The concert is available to watch on KPlayer until 15th November. For more information, please visit the Aurora Orchestra’s website.

Remembrance Day

To commemorate Remembrance Day, Principal Paul Bambrough shared a poignant assembly message, Reflection on Remembrance, and the Junior Department penned some particularly moving poetry. These are shared below.

A special mention must also be made of George (Year 12) who stood alone and played the evocative The Last Post and the Reveille to mark the beginning and the end of the School’s two minutes silence.