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The Music Department has enjoyed its busiest ever summer calendar this year, with events continuing until the very last days of term! Recent highlights have included the Horniman Bandstand Showcase on 30 June, with nearly 80 musicians joining the Wind Band and Odyssey Big Band, as they entertained parents, passers-by and nearly 200 very enthusiastic local schoolchildren at the Horniman Gardens in Forest Hill; a Strings Concert on 4 July; an outdoor Junior Wind Band concert near the Sixth Form Centre on 7 July, and the celebration of Music Week at St Elphege's School. Of course, the most exciting event is still on the horizon: our first Lower School production for several years, with Mr Kramer directing the music in Mr Kavanagh's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Hundreds of pupils have taken part in musical activities this term and throughout the year, including as parts of the events for visiting prospective pupils and parents at the end of June. We are delighted that one student in particular – Alex in Year 12 – has been appointed Music Prefect in honour of his great commitment over the years (latterly as leader of Senior Orchestra). We are very excited about the year ahead and the prospect of moving into The Britton Centre at some point next term. Visitors to the Music Department website can enjoy pictures of the music team exploring the new spaces on a special tour last week! Thank you to all parents and staff who have supported and encouraged pupils in their musical endeavours throughout this challenging but very exciting year.

Horniman Bandstand Concert

The Wilson's Horniman Bandstand Concert returned this year much to the delight of the hundreds of people enjoying the magnificent gardens of the Horniman Museum. With expansive views over London providing the backdrop our Wind Band, conducted by Dr Clayden, followed by the Wilson's Odyssey Big Band, led by Mr Karl Kramer, thrilled parents and passers- by alike. There were many comments from members of the public who were extremely impressed with the standard of music they heard. We were treated to all our favourite tunes and there was even a little dancing from the very smallest members of our audience. Thank you to those parents who came to support us. It was so nice to see you in the audience. And special thanks too to the sixth formers who returned to play with their school for one final performance. We wish them well in all their future endeavours.

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