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Welcome to Gedanken


The new ‘sciency musical’ Welcome to Gedanken is being performed by members of the school on 26th and 27th June at the Theatre Royal in Winchester.

The show involves about 50 pupils and staff and is very much in the tradition of the previous shows we have taken to Winchester and the Nuffield Theatre. The play, once again, is a farce with songs and science and is suitable for all ages. The action takes place, in part, in the fictional country of Gedanken – think Vulgaria in Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang.

Recital prize win


Congratulations to Aelfred Hillman who has been awarded the recital prize as a result of his performance at the recent Portsmouth Music Festival Gala Concert. Aelfred will now present his debut recital on clarinet and saxophone as part of the 2018 Portsmouth Festivities.

Music cup win


Congratulations to Ellie Macleod who played two of her A Level piano pieces at The Southampton Music Festival on 12th March winning The Janet Sherbourne Cup (U18 piano) for her performance of Joachim Raff's ‘Romance'. She received very positive feedback from the adjudicator for both pieces she played. 

More Festival success

Congratulations to Ollie Schofield who achieved 1st place with Honours in the Musical Theatre 15 years & Under category at the Southampton Festival of Music and Drama. He was also placed 1st in the Open Song category and has subsequently been invited to perform his winning number at the end of Festival Concert at Thornden Hall. Well done Ollie!

Rhythmic Gymnastics success


It has been a busy time for KES pupils involved in Rhythmic Gymnastics. The Rhythmic South Gymnastics Awards Day 2017 was held on Saturday 4th March and a number of achievements were made. Rosie Dyer-Slade and Alice Turner-Hall both achieved the Rhythmic South Gymnastics Bronze award with Distinction and Alice also gained the Bronze medal in the age 11 group whilst Rosie was awarded the Silver medal in the age 12 group. This weekend also saw the British Rhythmic Gymnastics Group Seeding Championship where the girls finished a very respectable 18th.


Dual success at Portsmouth Festival

Well done to Erik and Aelfred Hillman who recently competed in the recent Portsmouth Music Festival winning all their classes.

Erik performed twice on trombone gaining distinctions in the Grades 7-8+ Examination Class and Classical Music Class and was awarded the Roberts Cup and the Pinkney Cup. Aelfred was awarded Honours for both his Grade 7-8+ clarinet performances winning the Goodmans trophy and Joan Swift trophy. He also gained distinction for his saxophone playing in the Grades 7-8+ Jazz Class and winning the Marley trophy.

In addition, Aelfred was awarded the Zurich trophy for the 'Best Overall U18 Performance' and the Karen cup for the player demonstrating the most musicanship and versatility across the genres. As a result he has been invited to perform at next month's Gala Concert at The Kings Theatre where he will compete for either the 'Portsmouth Festivities Recital' or the 'Solent Symphony Concerto' prize for 2018. We wish him the best of luck.

Success at Southampton Music and Drama Festival


Congratulations to Sophia Bassi who entered two classes in this month's Southampton Festival of Music and Drama. She achieved 1st place with a distinction and won The Miss Elsie Coles Memorial Cup in the U12 Piano 20/21st Century including Jazz Class and has been invited to perform her winning performance 'Over the Rainbow' at the end of Festival Concert. Sophia also achieved 2nd place with distinction with her clarinet in the Solo Class: Any Woodwind Instrument, Grades 6 - 7.

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Chamber Choir workshop

On Thursday 9th March the Chamber Choir welcomed David Hurley, former member of the King's Singers, a world-famous a cappella group, to run a workshop on their pieces for the Turner Sims Concert. In the workshop students were encouraged to move outside of their comfort zones away from the need for a conductor, building confidence as individuals to take collective responsibility for the performance. The experience was inspirational and informative as well as being enjoyed by all.

Success at Music Festival

Congratulations to Sophie Wu who competed in the piano section in the Portsmouth Music Festival during half-term achieving some outstanding results. 

Classical (Grades 6-7 pieces): Distinction, 1st in Class
Romantic (13 - 15 years): Distinction
Duet class (13 -15 years): Distinction, 1st in Class

Piano Masterclass

In the first week after half-term pianist Niel Immelman, teacher at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy, visited KES to offer a masterclass to some of our senior pianists. His work with the participants, Maya Garside, Joe Arthur, Sophia Bassi and Alex Zhou, who all played beautifully, was inspirational and demanding and left them with much to think about. Many other talented KES pianists attended as observers and through Niel’s knowledge and experience gained an intriguing insight into some advanced music and many interesting nuances of piano technique.