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

Young Songwriter of the Year 2023 Competition Update

Following a recent edition of the Weekly Highlights feature (05.05.23), we are thrilled to be able to share the great news that Year 11 composition student Cole’s original song ‘Just You and Me’ has made it into the Top 10 (in its category) of the Young Songwriter of the Year 2023 Competition! Cole’s song, which is a duet and features vocals from Year 12 singer Jess, can be heard on the Song Academy’s Soundcloud here.

The UK/Ireland winners and runners-up will be announced on Saturday 23rd September 2023. We wish Cole the very best of luck!

Purcell Pianist to Play with London Firebird Orchestra

Year 13 pianist Benji has been invited by the London Firebird Orchestra to perform Schumman’s Piano Concerto in A Minor Op 54 on Tuesday 30th May at 7.30pm in the Parish Church of St George, Mayfair. Tickets are available here, and we wish Benji every success for the event.

Purcell Student to Perform in Concert for Ukraine

On Wednesday 24th May at 7pm, Year 12 viola player Danya will be performing in a Concert for Ukraine at St Peter’s Church in Belsize Park.

The full programme is listed below and Danya will be playing in Finzi’s Dies Natalis and Barber’s Adagio.

Vaughan Williams arr. Gerigk The Lark Ascending for String Sextet Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge for tenor, string quartet and piano
Barber Adagio for strings
Finzi Dies Natalis for tenor and strings

All of the musicians involved have donated their services in support of DEC’s Ukraine Appeal. Tickets are £18 and available here. We wish Danya the very best with this most important of fundraisers.

From Purcell to Paris

On Friday 12th May, a small contingent of Purcell travelled to Paris to take part in an intimate gala in celebration of His Majesty King Charles III. The event took place at the Swedish Club in the heart of Paris, and saw Shlomi (Year 10, violin), Suanoi (Year 11, flute) and Aaron (Year 11, harp and piano) perform for invited guests to great applause.

After the success of the night before, the students had some time to do a brief bit of sightseeing around the Louvre and along the Seine before catching the Eurostar back to London on Saturday.

Our thanks to all three students, who should not only be tremendously proud of their playing but of their impeccable conduct. Special mentions must also be made of those members of staff who accompanied the students to Paris – a big thank you to Purcell’s French teacher Heloïse Gille and Head of Sixth Form Ziggi Szafranski, as well as Principal Paul Bambrough, without whom this trip would not have been possible.