King's Worcester

18 February

Busy Spring Half Term for our King’s Musicians

The first half of the Spring Term has been a busy one for our King’s musicians.

The Chamber Choir joined forces with choirs from Hereford Cathedral School and King’s Gloucester for the inaugural joint Choral Evensong in the Cathedral in January. The Orchestral Workshop returned after a two-year absence for a day of music-making with pupils from across the King’s Foundation.

There have also been two solo concerts. The informal concert took place in College Hall and featured a range of solo items from pupils in the LR to L6. These concerts provide valuable performing experience to pupils of all abilities in front of a small, yet appreciative, audience.

 

The first of two  Young Performers’ Concerts this term had something for everyone from Burgmuller to James Bond, from Les Poissons to The Drunken Sailor.  The day after, the same John Moore Theatre stage had been filled for the annual Orchestral Workshop; this was a more intimate affair, but no less enjoyable for that.

On the penultimate day of this long half term, a very large public audience enjoyed performances by the Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Choir as part of the Cathedral’s lunchtime concert series. This follows on from last term’s invitation for Upper Sixth  Music Scholars to participate in this series.  The string players began the programme with an excellent mix of genres. Works by Bartok and Grieg were placed on either side of an arrangement of Lennon and McCartney’s A hard day’s night, which brought a smile to many masked faces! The expressive playing of the Grieg was particularly impressive. The second half of the programme featured works by Franck, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Chilcott, the last featuring a delightful solo from Fifth Form Music Scholar, Florence P.  Both ensembles were in fine form. King’s music was on public display and both groups should be very proud of their performances.

It is always a joy to invite parents and friends to our concerts to hear live music-making and we are already looking forward to the many such opportunities that the next half term will bring.