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Own work
Talented young musicians from Westbourne School, Yorkshire, have been given the chance to hear their own work played and recorded by world class professional musicians.
The senior school pupils at the Shef eld independent school have been working on their own compositions for several months.
And as part of that work they took part in a special workshop with the Shef eld Music Hub and Music in the Round, Shef eld’s own world famous Chamber Music Festival.
The culmination of the project saw the students’ compositions performed and recorded by the professional musicians from Ensemble 360, the acclaimed
professional musicians of Music in the Round.
“The afternoon was inspiring and the pupils were given the chance
to re ne some of their ideas with help from the musicians,” said Marie Pritchett, Head of Westbourne’s Senior School Music.
“They also gained some valuable tips on how to write for speci c instruments to take away and use in future compositions as well as how to make their ideas clearer when writing out a score.
“The professionals were all very impressed at the standard of the compositions and it was fantastic to hear the world premier performances of 16 future composers.
Pocklington School, Yorkshire, Musical Theatre Society presented a student-led production of The Drowsy Chaperone, transforming the Music School into a New York apartment bursting into life with the strains of 1920s show tunes.
The “musical within a comedy” was performed by a cast of Pocklington students, directed by Sixth Formers. A team of other students worked behind the scenes with the set, lighting, sound, paint, props and management.
Audience members were full of praise for the production,
with comments including: “the funniest, most professional school production I have EVER seen”; “a brilliant production – they were
all amazing”; and “we drove home remembering all the brilliant bits and we were still talking about it as we got home 40 minutes later!”
Martin Kettlewell, Pocklington School’s Director of Music, said: “The directors brought out the laugh-out-loud comedy of this parody of an old-fashioned 1920s musical, and the talent of every single cast and support member was evident.”
Cheltenham College hosted the Concordia International Piano Course, last month (April), which included individual tuition and expert masterclasses, plus a celebrity recital by Barry Douglas.
The event followed the arrival of
18 Steinways (13 uprights and 5 grand pianos) earlier this year. A lunchtime concert was held when all the pianos were played together in College’s performance hall, Big Classical, to mark the occasion of of cially becoming an ‘All-Steinway school’.
The partnership between Steinway and Cheltenham College enables pupils to study, practise and perform on world premium pianos. Furthermore, the move cements Cheltenham College’s enviable position of being the only school
in the UK to take ownership of two Steinway concert grand pianos.
Director of Music at Cheltenham College, David Mckee, said: “Seeing Big Classical  lled with our new pianos was a wonderful experience, and the large audience that gathered to hear some of College’s most talented pianists added a
real sense of occasion. This is a great step forward for College in terms of its musical provision, and the students and staff are all very excited about it.
“Having the opportunity to perform as part of an 18 piece piano ensemble is likely to be a once
in a lifetime experience, I know everyone who took part enjoyed it enormously.”
Music pupils from Cheltenham College visited the Steinway factory in Hamburg to select their pianos and see  rsthand the fascinating production process. The pianos then made the journey from Hamburg to Cheltenham, to begin their new life at College.
Pictured with pupils and pianos are: Alexander F nch, College organist, Cheltenham College; David McKee, Director of Music, Cheltenham College; Keith Glazebrook, Steinway & Sons and Stephen Friling, Deputy Bursar, Cheltenham College
1,000 hear song spectacular
Back to the twenties in style
Concert with famous pianos
A spectacular performance took place at Wellington School, Somerset when over 450 children from 22 schools around the region turned out for an afternoon of workshops and rehearsals, before performing an array of songs
from the 60s and 70s to a thrilled audience of over 1000!
All schools came for rehearsals
and a sing-off to  nd the star soloists for the performance.
In the evening, hundreds of parents, grandparent, friends and relatives poured into the packed Sports Hall to hear the most phenomenal concert, complete with a professional band and three conductors!
“All the pupils had learned the songs in their schools with the help of their music teachers,
and my colleagues and I have been into all the schools to work
with them. When they  nally
came together, the sound was electri ying – such an exciting moment,” commented Ros Shaw, from Wellington School, who masterminded the whole event. “Each school had auditioned a boy and girl for the solos so there was a tremendously exciting “X-Factor” style sing-off for each role, which was made even more tense as the judges couldn’t choose, so they ran a blind follow-up audition, like “The Voice”. The winners performed the roles in the concert that evening.”
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