This superb concert marked the end of a two-day residency of 18 members of the Southbank Sinfonia. From an educational point of view, a residency like this makes a lot of sense. Playing with professional musicians is a really rich learning experience and the youthful and charismatic Southbank... More »
Eminent musicians visiting the College are now very much a regular occurrence and the latest such visitor was the distinguished Organist and Master of the Choristers at Wells Cathedral, Matthew Owens. His first duty was to conduct a choral workshop with the 70 strong College Chapel Choir, and... More »
The biennial Music Festival Competition duly took place on Sunday 19th January and once again proved a highly popular and worthwhile event with participation from pupils of all ages and stages.In total there were 26 classes ranging through junior, intermediate, senior and advanced levels spanning... More »
A review of the Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Department Christmas Concert...At the end of a mammoth term, both in length and in musical content we were treated to one ‘last hurrah’ and true to form this event didn’t disappoint. Under the eagle eye (and direction) of Departmental Head, Alex... More »
A spectacular venue; a sense of history and tradition; a dark, cold and damp evening; the written and spoken word; the candlelight; the time of year; and, for many, the worship of, and a sense of, something beyond. Separately these are important, but the glue that bound them together on Wednesday... More »
A packed Ellis Theatre greeted the String Chamber Orchestra, with obbligato soloists Savannah Brown, Eleanor Bonney and Ben Christopher for the eleventh concerto from Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico.
The opening dialogue of arpeggios was in safe hands with Savannah and Eleanor, and this confident... More »
In a term which has already featured so many performances from leading Music Scholars, this was a marvellous opportunity to listen to other non-scholars, albeit including some Scholars playing second study instruments.
This led to an intriguing mix of age, stage and repertoire, with some truly... More »
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
To hear an interview from the concert with Philip Dukes please click here to visit BBC iPlayer (forward to 59 minutes).
For the third concert of the MCCS we were delighted to welcome the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to the Memorial Hall on Sunday, 3 November... More »
With the House Shout in a new format, the Mem Hall was buzzing with excitement at 5.15 pm as the Girls and Mixed Houses took to the stage. Littlefield provided a great start to the competition singing Jerk it Out by The Caesars. Imaginatively presented in the house colours of red, white and... More »
Congratulations to Helena Mackie (MO Re) on achieving a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain on oboe. This is a fantastic achievement and highly commendable in that very few oboists can be selected. In addition, as the age limit is 19, Helena has done particularly well given she... More »