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

Saturday Sessions

We are delighted to announce that the second concert in our new series of ‘Saturday Sessions’ to be premiered on the School’s YouTube channel will be the Senior School Concerto Competition, featuring Lily Payne (Year 12, clarinet) and Samuel Yuan (Year 13, piano). The concert will be streamed on The Purcell School YouTube channel here at 7.30pm (GMT) this Saturday 21st November.

Alda Dizdari

Internationally renowned violinist and Purcell instrumental teacher Alda Dizdari has received a glowing review of her recent recording Elgar Violin Concerto in The Strad magazine. Regular contributor Tim Homfray, praised Dizdari for her ‘thoughtful, tender account’ of the much beloved concerto and commented that she is ‘sensitive, exploratory, and through all the technical flair there is a feeling of intimacy’. He goes on to explain that her playing ‘can be thrilling and dynamic, but this is a performance attuned to poetry as much as theatre’.

In addition to the recording, there is there is also an audio book entitled Kiss Me Again: A Memoir of Elgar in Unusual Places, written and read by Dizdari. Both are available to purchase here.


Grammy Award winner, multi-instrumentalist and Purcell alumnus Jacob Collier will launch a new 5-week programme of live events under the ‘For All of Us Fridays’ banner this evening (Friday 20th November) at 8pm (GMT) on his TikTok. Lenovo Yoga and Intel® Evo™ have partnered to create this series of online events which aim to capture that ‘Friday feeling’ which has been much missed during lockdown, and connect fans with some of the internet’s biggest and most interesting creators. Collier’s session, ‘The Friday Funk’, will showcase a live performance of his new song featuring Nathan Davis Jr. For more information, please visit the ‘For All of Us Fridays’ website here.