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Music: BBC Children in Need

On Friday 16th November the First and Second Year pupils joined forces with four other Southampton schools to form a 205 strong choir for BBC Children in Need. We had been preparing the song A Million Dreams for several weeks in the run up to the live broadcast. The pupils had refined a two part harmony for the final chorus and received a visit from Pudsey in October during one of our rehearsals!

The day was utterly unforgettable, coming together for such a great cause was a joyful event. The choir were brilliant in their committed and vibrant live performance.

Music: Events and Trips

There are many opportunities for students to perform in concerts at school, in the wider community and on tour abroad. Regular trips to concerts and operas are arranged and professional musicians are invited in to the department to lead a range of workshops and master classes. 

In 2011 we welcomed cellist Matthew Barley as musician in residence and also took part in a community outreach project with the London Mozart Players. In Spring 2012 the department staged a sell-out Gala Concert at the Anvil concert hall, Basingstoke, in celebration of the Cultural Olympiad. The autumn term of 2012 included a concert at St John's Smith Square, London and summer 2013 featured a tour to Italy. 6th Form A-Level music students travelled to Berlin in February 2014 for a performance by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and a night at the Berlin state opera. October 2014 saw an exciting side-by-side concert with Southbank Sinfonia at Turner Sims, and 6th Form A-Level musicians visited Vienna in February 2015. 2016 included workshops and side by side playing with the London Mozart Players and musicians visited New York in March 2017 for a tour of the Juilliard School and performances at the MET, Carnegie Hall, Village Vanguard Jazz Club and the Broadway Theatre for a performance of Miss Saigon.

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