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Instrumental Evening – piano and voice

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Monday 14 January 2019 at 18.00

Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

An informal concert given by pianists and singers from King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls.

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This recital is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

 

Lunchtime Recital

Thursday, 10 January 2019 at 13.10
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

Ella Mason, trumpet
Renee Chang, violin

works by Bozza, Büsser and Saint-Saëns 

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This recital is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

 

Players from the CBSO record the Fifths’ string quartets.

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham -- CBSO recordings of boys' string quartets

Knowing the score

So………..serialism. That great musical genre, of harmony, tunefulness and beautifulness. Unfortunately, it wasn’t anything like that. Our compositions were full of increasingly obscure intervals and notes which clash and produce a dissonance that would usually mean your music is awful. But no, not serialism. It can sound as unusual and un-’musical’ as you want. I think that’s the really interesting aspect of our compositions is that we can break the majority of the rules we thought existed. Thus, the creations had rhythms that were harder to notate than play, titles which seemed like the composer was going mad while writing them and notes which had no musical bearing to their surroundings, save the matrix which we so faithfully trusted.

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham -- CBSO recordings of boys' string quartets (4)

Trust the Matrix

We embarked on our ‘creations’ towards the end of our fourth year and finally at the end of the autumn term in fifths our pieces got recorded by a remarkable set of players: Kate Suthers, CBSO principal second violin; Kate Oswin, CBSO first violin; Adam Römer, CBSO principal viola; Richard Jenkinson, ex-CBSO ‘cello, Mark Walkem, double bass extraordinaire and Sara Wilander, pianist of note. On that Friday, these players all came together to give life to our pieces and a recording of our pieces that even the titan of Sibelius (the musical composition software not the man himself…) could reproduce.

Arush’s piece Twisted Flamingoes, untwisted into particularly difficult slow triplet minims. We then had a sad moment when Rohan’s Orangutans died, so we had to play them a funeral piece, which was handily composed by Rohan. Then as time flew along we had Louis’ Tempus, and no sooner had we started the baroque-styled piece we moved on. We then had Heftigkeit (violence) by Gokul, which was lost over the summer and then refound (i.e. Gokul re-wrote it). We then tamed Jacob’s Wild Beasts, which turned out to be the middle strings.

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham -- CBSO recordings of boys' string quartets (2)

Written the night before?

Then, we had the piano pieces. These came about due to our rebellious nature: Dr Leigh said do a string quartet, so I did a piano sextet, Shirom a piano trio and Jiaqi a piano quartet. I got the prize for the longest title being: A three legged waltz, a bridge, hell and back again. Then Shirom had his Notes- The exploration of serialism through the transcendence of life and love, which had some interesting rhythms and some challenging double stopping that even the CBSO found tricky. Finally Jiaqi, the most rebellious one. He had a ‘normal’ piece after giving up on his serialist one. It had a piano part that wouldn’t be amiss in a Rachmaninov prelude and had some recognisable motifs, at least to the CBSO.

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham -- CBSO recordings of boys' string quartets (3)

Hell and back?

So, all I need do now is say thank you to the players and to Dr. Leigh for making this happen.

 

George Roberts, Fifths

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Churcher on Widmann

Jӧrg Widmann is a contemporary German composer, clarinettist and conductor. His music has received great critical acclaim and his reputation is such that he took the position of Composer in Residence at the Lucerne Festival in 2009. He has also received many awards for his work, most recently the prestigious Robert Schumann Prize for Poetry and Music. Widmann currently holds the position of professor of composition at the Barenboim–Said Akademie, Berlin and he is currently finishing his tenure as the 2017-2018 artist in residence at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

180 beats per minute (1993) was composed shortly after Widmann left school and it was inspired by the rhythmic drive and constant pulse changes of “techno beat” music, which was very popular at the time. As suggested by the title, the piece is played at 180 beats per minute throughout, although constant syncopation and pulse changes counter any potential rigid, metronomic elements. The piece is a study on a single chord which is varied throughout the entire piece. About half way through the piece, the first violin announces the subject of a canon, which wanders through all of the instruments whilst still playing beguilingly with oscillating major and minor thirds.  In the words of Widmann himself, “The work makes no claims to be more than the sum of its parts – the sheer enjoyment of rhythm.”

Christopher Churcher, Fourths

Christmas Concert

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Monday,  10 December 2018 at 1930
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

The programme includes performances given by:

Choral Society
Concert Band
Concert Orchestra
Senior Swing Band
KEHS Lower School Choir
KES/KEHS Symphony Orchestra

 

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The concert is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

 

Christmas Concert


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Sunday,  9 December 2018 at 1930
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

The programme includes performances given by:

KES Choir
Junior Swing Band
Concert Band
KEHS Chamber Choir
KES/KEHS Symphony Orchestra

 

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The concert is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

 

Christmas Concert


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Sunday,  9 December 2018 at 1500
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

The programme includes performances given by:

Choral Society
Wind Band
Training String Orchestra
Senior Swing Band
KEHS Chamber Choir
KES/KEHS Symphony Orchestra

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The concert is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

 

Lunchtime Recital

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Thursday, 6 December at 13.10
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

String Quartet:
Samantha Burley, violin; Jenny Liu, violin;
Naina Reddy, viola; Beatrice Beardmore, ‘cello.

Wind Quintet:
Saffron Pougher, flute; Charlotte Chapman, oboe;
Ben Marrett, clarinet; Roshan Bahia, horn;
Nikita Jain, bassoon.

String Sextet:
Charlotte Howdle, violin; Bronagh Lee, violin;
Rosy Heneghan, viola; Naina Reddy, viola;
Beatrice Beardmore, ‘cello. Mark Li, ‘cello.

works by Mendelssohn, Ibert, Widmann 

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This recital is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

 

Instrumental Evening – guitar and drums

Monday, 3 December at 1800

Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

An informal concert given by guitar players and drummers of King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls.

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham

This recital is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

 

Peter and the Wolf workshop

 

 

Peter and the Wolf workshop

17 November 2018, Hillstone Primary School

The team behind the Peter and the Wolf project convened again at Hillstone Primary School last Thursday. They explored further the model for composition work and also introduced the visual part of the project. The workshop was led by James Mayhew and some truly outstanding masterpieces were created.

 

 

Inside Music on BBC Radio 3

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham: Margaret Cookhorn on BBC Radio 3

On Saturday, 1 December, bassoonist and principal contrabassoonist of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and woodwind tutor of King Edward’s School, Margaret Cookhorn, shares her excitement about a rare experience – playing the contrabassoon in chamber music by Mozart. She also analyses how Richard Strauss brings exotic flavours to the orchestra in his take on Salome’s Dance of the Seven Veils, and explains her fascination for patterns in the music of Benjamin Britten. Margaret’s choices range from a miniature by Elgar played by violinist Nigel Kennedy to part of Messiaen’s massive Turangalila Symphony, plus vocal acrobatics from Ella Fitzgerald and Bobby McFerrin.

At 2 o’clock Margaret introduces her Must Listen piece – something she thinks everyone should hear at least once in their life – as she says: “it contains one of the most exciting and rhythmic endings to a symphony ever written”.

You can read more at:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b2jdyd

Our thanks to Mr. Ash for the photographs.

 

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Friday, 16 November at 1310 Barber Institute of Fine Arts On Friday, 16 November 2018, the boys and girls from both schools treated the audience at the Barber Institute to the delightful repertoire. They played and sang with great professionalism and talent. Here are few photos from the event taken by very talented David Ash @ www.davidashphotography.org. […]

Performers’ Platform

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Tuesday 13 November 2018 at 18.30
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

Nikita Jain, bassoon
Shivanii Arun, piano
Ami Chen, cello
Michael Luo, piano
Zoe Yap, violin

PIANO QUINTET
Arjun Narendran, violin; Jonathan Nguyen, violin; Junias Wong, viola; Will Barron, cello; Yingqi Han, piano

SENIOR GUITAR ENSEMBLE
Emilia Smith; Ronav Jain; Nitin Rai; Nikita Saini; Joshua Bobin; Duy Ma; Henry Trevis; Sundeep Mudhar

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This concert is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

Recital at the Barber Institute

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Friday, 16 November at 1310
Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Rosy Heneghan, soprano.
Renee Chang, violin; Daniel Li, viola; Enoch Cheung, ‘cello; Lauren Zhang, piano.
Jessica Tedd, violin; Jiaqi Cao, violin; Junias Wong, viola; Mark Li, ‘cello; Naomi Bazlov, piano.

Works by Fauré, Donizetti, Bellini, Mozart, Bridge, Dohnányi

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This recital is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

You can read more about this concert at barber.org.uk

Instrumental Evening – strings

 

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Monday, 12 November at 1800

Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

An informal concert given by string players from King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls.

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This recital is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

 

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Monday, 5 November 2018  Ruddock Performing Arts Centre Thank you and big well done for boys and girls from both school on their performances on Monday evening.