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

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons Celebration

On 2nd June 2022, we celebrated Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th year as Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth. More than 2,022 beacons were lit across the country and overseas territories in recognition of this. To coincide with the lighting of the beacons, choirs of all types and sizes within local communities were encouraged to sing the ‘Song for the Commonwealth’, the winner of a Commonwealth-wide song competition. The Commonwealth Resounds, the founder and chairman of which is Purcell’s own Head of Composition Alison Cox OBE, organised this important element of Platinum jubilee Beacons celebration. Three Purcell students, Jamie (Year 13), Magdalena (Year 13) and Rowena (Year 12), were recognised for their involvement in the ‘Song for the Commonwealth’ – Jamie arranged the song for Wind Band, Magdalena for saxophone, and Rowena for recorder ensembles. Well done to all the Purcell students and staff who took part in this most memorable of events.

The song can be heard here.

24th Pietro Argento International Music Competition

Over half term Year 10 pianist Phoebe performed in the 24th Pietro Argento International Music Competition and was awarded the First Prize in her category! The competition was held in the Rossini Theatre in Gioia del Colle, Italy.

She also performed in the Prize Winner’s Concert on Sunday evening at the Theatre and was awarded her prize and diploma. Phoebe was thrilled with the result and we are delighted for her. Phoebe studies at Purcell under Caterina Grewe.