If you were walking past the Recital Hall during the latter part of last week, you might have been lucky enough to hear our music scholars in performance. Due to year group bubbles and other restrictions currently in place, our series of lunchtime and informal concerts cannot go ahead in their usual form this term. Undeterred, the music department are forging ahead with a series of concerts, which they are recording so that they can be enjoyed by all online.

The first concert of the term was released on social media at the weekend and featured our music scholars performing a wide variety of pieces that they are currently working on. As the scholars are in different year group bubbles, they were invited to the Recital Hall one by one to record their segments, expertly accompanied on the piano by Mrs Bantock. The recordings made over these two days resulted in an impressive concert, with talented performers on a variety of instruments, including euphonium, viola, trumpet, double bass, piano and violin, as well as vocalists.

The concert features a diverse range of music – from Baroque favourites by Handel and Purcell, through the Classical period, to Aaron Copland and beyond – there is certainly something for everyone to enjoy. There is even a quick hop over to the Great Hall to hear some Stanford on the organ – something that would be harder to achieve with an audience in tow!

The series of music concerts and competitions continues apace throughout the term, culminating in the Summer Concert, which will take place online on Thursday 1 July. All these events will be made available online, so do look out for them on the music department Facebook page (add link). The next film to be released will be a concert from our Fourth Form musicians.

In the meantime, you can enjoy the Music Scholars’ concert here.

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