Monday, January 6, 2014

Musical events in the Lent Term

This Lent term is full of exciting musical adventures and some very beautiful concert venues!

On Sunday 9 March the Vaughan will will give a concert at the spectacular LSO St Lukes (pictured) with our Orchestra in Residence, Southbank Sinfonia. The Vaughan's orchestra will sit alongside their professional counterparts performing Rimsky Korsakov's great showpiece Scheherazade. The first half will be a performance of Durufle's Requiem (in the rarely performed full orchestral version) sung by the Vaughan Schola accompanied by Southbank Sinfonia.  Tickets will very shortly be available from LSO St Lukes.

On Tuesday 8 April  the School will make a welcome return to St John's, Smith Square, in a programme of music by Rachmaninov and Poulenc. Dominic Doutney will be the soloist in the Russian composer's Second Piano Concerto. The second half of the concert will be choral music, the four Lenten motets by Poulenc and his witty and sparkling setting of the Gloria.

The Spring Instrumental Concert on Thursday 27 March will again offer the instrumentalists chance to shine and this year is being held in the Wathen Hall at St Paul's School.

The Schola is to be busy as always, singing twice at Westminster Cathedral (25 January and 22 March) as well as giving a concert as part of the Brandenburg Festival on Friday 7 February at Kings College Chapel on the Strand (pictured).  Ash Wednesday will see the choir leading the School's services and in the final week of term there is to be a Stations of the Cross service for parents which they will sing at. The Schola trebles are also to sing on the soundtrack for the forthcoming Johnny Depp movie, Transcendence. There is operatic work too, with the boys returning to the Royal Opera House for Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten in March. Very excitingly, in February the Schola is take part in a workshop with world renowned choral conductor David Hill.

The Big Band will be busy returning to the newly refurbished Bull's Head in Barnes for the first time in over a year - and possibly somewhere else as well: further details to follow! In January the boys will have the chance to take part in a masterclass with saxophonist Wayne Escoffery (pictured). 

And hroughout the term we will be running our annual Music Competition.

That should be enough to keep us going!

Full details of all events can be seen on the School's website. 


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