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


The School was deeply saddened to learn the news of the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with all members of the Royal family at this time and especially His Majesty The King, who, as Prince of Wales, graciously acted as our Royal Patron. The Purcell School joins with all those across the world in sending condolences to the Royal family and to all those known personally to Her Majesty.

Queen Elizabeth II lived a life of exceptional service and devotion, both to the Country and to the Commonwealth. As a consequence she was deeply admired and held in great affection throughout the world. Her life of selfless service is an example to us all and, as the longest reigning British monarch, her unique place in history is secured without doubt. For many, Queen Elizabeth II represented constancy, permanence and stability amid a rapidly changing world and her sense of duty will be long remembered. The Purcell School joins with the nation, the Commonwealth and many other nations and individuals around the world in remembering and being thankful for all she has given in her 70 years of public service.

Students Meet Purcell’s President Sir Simon Rattle

On Tuesday 13th September, at the invitation of Purcell’s President Sir Simon Rattle, a group of Purcell students travelled to London’s Barbican to watch rehearsals of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) ahead of the opening night of their summer season.

It was an enormous privilege to see Sir Simon conduct the LSO, and our students were warmly welcomed by all, with the conductor speaking to them during both breaks and introducing them to the orchestra.

The LSO ran through the entire season’s programme, allowing students to experience two concerts conducted by Sir Simon Rattle – what an unprecedented treat!