Twenty-five Year 8 pupils gave accomplished performances during our first live Soloists' Evening of the year on Thursday. With so many excellent performances it is hard to pick out particular highlights, but Joshua's performance of Eugene Bozza's Aria for Alto Saxophone was outstanding, as was Alex's lively rendering of Helen Hopekirk's Air for piano, as well as stylish performances of Haydn and Telemann on the piano by Bobur and Egemen. We enjoyed a series of fine guitar performances, culminating in Mark's Gigue from Bach's Lute Suite in A minor, BWV 997, while Vignesh continues to give transfixing performances of Sri Tyagarajah's compositions for voice.
At this time of year, as our senior students look to the future (with two students in Year 13 pursuing Oxbridge choral scholarships this year), we take enormous pleasure in observing the talent that thrives in younger year groups and this Year 8 group proves no exception! With Year 9 Musicians' Evening next week and GCSE and A level recitals following next half term, there is much thrilling solo music-making yet to come this term.
We are also delighted that over 250 pupils are once again involved in school musical ensembles, with rehearsals for Senior Orchestra, Senior Strings, Wind Bands, Choirs, and several smaller ensembles now underway. The Charity Orchestral Concert will take place on Wednesday, 1 December, with tickets available soon after half term. The Carol Service will be held, as usual, in Croydon Minster on Monday, 13 December.
Meanwhile, work is already underway on our new £2.5m Music School, which will provide a large recital room, three new music classrooms and nine new music practice rooms – as well as a new fitness suite for use by boys and staff. In addition, refurbishment of existing spaces will provide us with four new sports changing rooms as well as offering us the opportunity to re-model some of our existing changing facilities. We are currently appealing to benefactors to assist us in fitting-out our new facilities. If you would like to sponsor a piece of fitness or music equipment please speak with the Director of Development via the School Office.