King's Worcester

8 December

Four Music Events to Finish the Term

This half term has featured a range of excellent concerts across all year groups and it has been wonderful to get back to presenting our full range of music events in recent weeks.

Four Upper Sixth (Year 13) Music Scholars were invited to participate in Worcester Cathedral’s lunchtime recital series at the beginning of this half term. Henry B, Oliver A, James P and Charles P presented a programme of the trumpet, saxophone, ‘cello and organ music to a large and appreciative audience in the nave of the Cathedral. This was an excellent opportunity for these talented pupils to perform to a wider audience and showcase the strength of music at King’s.

Scholars Music Events

This half term’s Young Performers’ Concert was a testament to the excellent standard of music-making that is currently happening in our lower three years. Pupils from across Lower Fourth (Year 7), Upper Fourth (Year 8) and Lower Remove (Year 9) came together in College Hall to sing and play solos and a duet across a wide range of styles of music. The audience, comprising parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and teachers were universally delighted.

Young Performers' Music Events

A good-sized (and still socially distanced) audience gathered in College Hall for this term’s Cleobury Concert. With ages ranging from the Lower Remove to Upper Sixth, and music from Bach to Richard Rodgers, this was a wonderful display of musicianship, from those more experienced to some making their Cleobury debut. It was also another vital step in helping all of our pupils become confident again at performing in front of audiences. Between the solos were items from new pupil-led groups, and the Chamber Choir brought the concert to a close with Chilcott’s arrangement of The gift to be simple and Matyas Seiber’s 3 Hungarian Folksongs. The connection with the Cleobury family is an important feature of these concerts, and we all look forward to welcoming Nicholas Cleobury to school in 2022 to work with our pupils before the next concert. Afterwards, an audience member commented: “Having been starved of live performance for so long, it was wonderful to enjoy the extraordinary talent, poise and humility of the musicians, every one of whom gave a delightful and accomplished performance in the varied and entertaining programme. This was all the more remarkable when we remember that they too have been starved of the opportunity to perform.”

Cleobury Concert Music Event

The School Concert last week was the first opportunity for many of our larger ensembles to perform for nearly two years. These ensembles have been unable to rehearse effectively throughout that time and the personnel has changed significantly since their last performance in March 2020. As the date of the concert had crept into December, the programme featured some lighter Christmas repertoire. The First Orchestra began with Barrell’s East Anglian Overture, demonstrating some intricate passages from the woodwind players. The Wind Band played a jolly Caribbean Christmas arrangement before tackling a lively medley of songs from The Blues Brothers. The Chamber Orchestra were in excellent form with five short pieces by Bartok and a quick blast of Frosty the Snowman. The King’s Swingers entertained with the First Funky Noel and there were excellent contributions from the Lower Years Choir and Orchestra and Flute Group. The Chamber Choir and School Choir finished the concert with more Christmas tunes. Many parents commented how enjoyable it was to watch their pupils performing again and to see how much the pupils enjoyed performing to such an appreciative live audience.

KSW Music Concert

This half term also featured our first live Open Mic Night in nearly 2 years. You can read more about this here.