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

Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival 2021

Purcell’s partnership with the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival flourished once again last week when a group of Purcell students performed for 300 primary school children over three concerts in St. Etheldreda’s Church in the grounds of Hatfield House. The chamber orchestra, which consisted of Purcell students (see list below) playing side-by-side with the festival’s own professional musicians, performed George Morton’s arrangement of Holst’s Planet Suite, conducted by Purcell’s Director of Music Paul Hoskins, as well as a new work by student composer Philip (Year 13) entitled Thus far. Each event was presented and illustrated by author and illustrator James Mayhew, whose work inspired by the performances can be seen below.