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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.

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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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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.

Recording with Notebenders

 

 

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Recording with Notebenders

It’s been a very special year for The Notebenders Big Band, with many events celebrating what would have been the 100thbirthday of its founder, the jazz saxophonist, Andy Hamilton. We’ve performed at a concert for Andy at the Town Hall, done our monthly gigs at Symphony Hall, taken part in the Big Band Day at the Spotted Dog and played for a day with Birmingham Conservatoire jazz students at the Eastside Jazz Club.

In October we cut our first professionally produced CD at the Conservatoire Recording Studio.  It was an incredibly exciting, hectic and truly exhausting day, and my first experience of the fascinating world of recording and music tech. The day started with a sound check where we had to try out a few phrases of our choice. Then we worked our way through the tunes, often having several goes to get each one right; one required ten attempts – not one I was in, fortunately!

I also learnt how to while away the hours when you’re not needed with the help of great friends, pizza and highly-competitive rounds of UNO!

Now we just have to wait while all the mixing and other magic is done – can’t wait to hear the finished product and find out what they’ve done with my solo!

Owen Swanborough (Shells)

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Instrumental Evening – woodwind and brass

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Monday, 5 November 2018 at 1800

Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

An informal concert given by woodwind and brass 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