Purcell Students at St James’s Palace

On Thursday 14th September, three Purcell students were invited to perform at St James’s Palace as part of the 2023 Commonwealth Youth Award ceremony. Ciara (voice, Year 13), Albert (guitar, Year 11) and Cole (piano, Year 12) were scheduled to play ‘Symphony’ – the Commonwealth Music Relay’s chosen piece – but, for technical reasons entirely outside of their control, Cole and Albert were unexpectedly unable to take part. Cole, whose arrangement of ‘Symphony’ is being used in the relay, swiftly adjusted the backing track to accommodate this change which allowed Ciara to continue with the song unaccompanied.

Alison Cox, Purcell’s Head of Composition, commented on her pride in how all three students conducted themselves as ‘when something difficult happens and the students involved respond in such a profoundly professional manner, it makes you doubly proud’.

The Duke of Edinburgh was present at the event and spoke at length to all three students at the reception that followed.

Our congratulations to Ciara, Albert and Cole. All at Purcell are very proud.