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Peter and the Firebird – A Birmingham Schools Spectacular

Peter and the Firebird – A Birmingham Schools Spectacular

Some projects are a long time in the making, but often all the more satisfying because of it. Earlier this week I was in Birmingham for the culmination of a glorious, ambitious, beautiful project, hosted by King Edward School and their music teacher/conductor Dr Martin Leigh, music teacher Keith Farr, and embracing seven other schools in the Birmingham area.

With the idea of using story and art in music as an aid to inspire primary school children to compose their own music, I helped develop a book for schools, “Exploring Music through Stories”, full of useful teaching notes. Meanwhile Martin and Keith were actively involved in working directly with schools and teachers to encourage the children to create something wonderful – and they did!

They should be named: Hallmoor (who presented – and charmingly acted – songs from Hansel and Gretel); Bourneville and Tiverton (who offered a fresh look at Peter and the Wolf); Brownmead (who conjured the witch Baba Yaga with a beautifully slavic sounding song); The Oval (I loved their midnight clock for Cinderella!); Elms Farm (Their “Snegurochka” song touched the heart in their version of The Snow Maiden) and Hillstone (who brilliantly used percussion and all kinds of unusual sounds to share the underwater world of Sadko – amazing!). Huge congratulations to them all – it was truly wonderful to witness! all the children, shining with pride and achievement!

Afterwards, in keeping with the Russian Fairy Tale theme, I narrated and illustrated the original version of Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev, plus a couple of extracts from Stravinsky’s Firebird, with the KES symphony orchestra, who played superbly.

But that wasn’t all – there then followed an evening performance of Peter and the Wolf and the full 1919 suite from The Firebird. A pretty full day! For me, the challenge was to learn the narration for Peter and the Wolf and many complicated cues, by heart. As I was illustrating the tale simultaneously, at my easel, it wasn’t possible to use a score, so it all had to be firmly embedded in my memory. Happily I survived both times without mishap, and the lovely warm Birmingham audience made me most welcome.

My thanks to and admiration for Keith and Martin are boundless. The way Martin thanked every single student in the orchestra, as they left the stage, was utterly heartwarming. Also thanks to Sarah Mullen of the brilliant Busy Parents Network, who so ably supported this glorious, unforgettable event. One of the best I’ve ever been involved in.

I’m now looking forward to returning to Birmingham for several Busy Parent Network events at their Bournville Book Fest in March, including another concert, with Birmingham opera singer Abigail Kelly, an event full of art and arias as I accompany her singing with painting! You can find out more here:

https://www.jamesmayhew.co.uk/events/stories-from-the-opera

James Mayhew

James is the creator of the much-loved Katie and Ella Bella Ballerina series and many other books, including Koshka’s Tales, Miranda the Explorer and Boy. Alongside his work in publishing, James has devised and performs in a hugely successful series of concerts for children, combining live classical music, storytelling and art.

Lunchtime Recital

Thursday, 7 February 2019 at 13.10
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

Samantha Burley violin
Junias Wong violin
Saffron Pougher flute
Enoch Cheung violin

works by Bloch, Elgar, Kreisler, Harty, Sibelius, and two Bachs 

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

 

Peter and the Wolf and The Firebird

 


Peter & the Wolf and the Firebird
The Ruddock Hall
1800, Tuesday, 5 February 2019

There’s a very special event at King Edward’s next week. At 1800 on Tuesday, 5 February, KES/KEHS Symphony Orchestra will perform Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, followed by the 1919 suite from Stravinsky’s Firebird.

Both works are highly colourful, paint vivid pictures of characters, tell stories of the imagination. Capitalising on this, we have invited James Mayhew, author, illustrator, and artist, to perform with us. He will narrate Peter, and, at the same time, paint pictures of the stories live with the music. It’s hard to describe, but, once seen, it’s an extra-ordinary experience, quite impossible to forget.

The performance lasts only for an hour, and the early start means that it’s a perfect evening for children of all ages.

Tickets, priced £5, are available at:

https://www.ruddockpac.co.uk

If you would like to come straight from school to the Ruddock Hall, we offer a children’s picnic tea at 1715. The combined price for tea and concert is £8.50.

It’s going to be a really special evening.

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

 

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

 

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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

 

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

 

Scherzo for oboe, two bassoons and contra-bassoon by Christopher Churcher

 

On Friday, 12 November, the first performance was given of Fourth Christopher Churcher’s Scherzo for oboe, two bassoons and contra-bassoon. The performers were Margaret Cookhorn, principal contra-bassoonist of the CBSO, Yash Suribhatla, Ben Woodward, and Christopher himself.

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Performers’ Platform

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Tuesday, 9 October 2018 at 18.30
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

Jessie Zhao, piano
Scarlett Brunning, voice
Christopher Churcher, piano
Naina Reddy, viola
Rohit Kale, cello
Sanjana Sudeshkumar, voice
Cathy Ge, piano

works by  Chopin, Schubert, Purcell, Edwin Roxburgh, Vaughan Williams, 
Saint-Saens, Schumann, Mozart, Beethoven.

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

Performers’ Platform

 

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Tuesday, 2 October 2018 at 18.30
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

Jennifer Liu, violin; YingQi Han, piano;
Nehemiah Kong, viola;Angie Qiao, piano;
Yash Suribhatla, piano; Priya Rajput, guitar;
Lucia Kirchhof, voice.

works by Pergolesi, Brahms, Schubert, Bruch, Kalliwag, Rachmaninov and Hindemith.

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

The Miss Margaret Davis Memorial Recital

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham: Lunchtime Recital

Thursday, 27 September 2018 at 1310
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

Charlotte Chapman, oboe
Arun Ramanathan, voice
Jessica Tedd, violin
Nathan Cornish, trombone

works by Debussy, Britten, Caccini, Handel, Tartini, Bloch and Serocki.

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