Thursday, January 1, 2015

Highlights of 2014

As we begin 2015 here are some of the more memorable moments from the music-making at the Vaughan during 2014.

January saw a concert of music based on the Psalms given by the Schola at Kings College, London.

In February the School Choir traveled to Madrid. This video was taken in Toledo Cathedral.

In March the orchestra and Schola gave a concert alongside Southbank Sinfonia in the Jerwood Hall, LSO St Lukes at the Barbican, the home of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Also in March the Spring Concert saw, amongst lots of other music, a very accomplished complete performance of Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings by the Senior String Ensemble, a remarkable achievement for any school string orchestra.

In the Easter Concert at St John's, Smith Square, Dominic Doutney in the Upper Sixth performed Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto.

Meanwhile, boys have performed at both the Royal Opera House and at English National Opera.

In May the Big Band returned to the world famous Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in Soho.

In the Summer Term the School staged Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.

September saw the Centenary Mass at Westminster Cathedral, celebrating the 100 years of Cardinal Vaughan.

And a few weeks later in October we all gathered in the Royal Albert Hall for the Centenary Celebration.  Clips from the DVD will be available soon but in the meantime these audience videos give an idea of this extraordinary occasion!

In November the Schola sang for the All Souls Day Eucharist at Westminster Abbey.

And there was a wonderful St Cecilia Concert at St Paul's, Hammersmith.

The year ended with a splendid Carol Service at Our Lady of Victories in December.


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