On Wednesday, our A level students gave a wonderful recital of solo performances. From Handel's Messiah to the lieder of Schumann and Schubert, from the impressionistic piano music of Debussy to the precarious waltzing of Tomasi's trombone concerto, the boys performed with such sensitivity and imagination, not to mention technical conviction, that it was hard to believe that we were at school in the John Jenkins Hall and not in the Wigmore Hall or the Barbican!
Of course, current circumstances do not allow us to invite the whole school community to such events, but I am happy to say that students from the University of Surrey studying on the Tonmeister sound engineering programme captured the students' performances and these will be available to view on the music department website in the coming weeks. The performers did an outstanding job and would have been a pleasure to listen to any day, but after more than a year of such limited access to live performance opportunities—and so few opportunities to listen to live music—this concert was really an absolute treat. The students involved were Theo, Anton, Luca, Tom, Lennie, Danny and Ryan. Thanks to them for their hard work and dedication, to Jamal for his lighting expertise, and Dr Clayden and Mr Lissimore for their impressive accompanying—no mean feat with a programme such as this!
On Wednesday 5 May, we will be holding an online results presentation for our Young Musician competition. We had 250 entries to the competition this year, which has all been conducted online. The boys uploaded videos to Google Classroom, which have then been accessed by our illustrious panel of judges (find out more about them here). Our judges will be announcing the winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) in each of the categories and then all individual feedback will be released to the entrants. Entrants and supports should see SMHW and School Comms for more details, or click here at 5pm on Wednesday.