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Choral and Orchestral Concerts, 2019

We are pleased to announce that the tickets for our Choral and Orchestral concerts are now on sale.

On Sunday, 10 March at 1500, KES/KEHS Symphony Orchestra plays Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto op.47 in D minor. In the second half, the Choral Society will give W.A. Mozart: Requiem in D minor, KV626 with Rosy Henegan, Lucia Kirchhof, Arun Ramanathan and Joseph Ward as soloists.

On Monday, 11 March at 1930, Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphony no.2 op.27 in E minor is played by KES/KEHS Symphony Orchestra.

You can book tickets by visiting:

http://www.ruddockpac.co.uk

Artwork: Seb Bellavia

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.

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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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.

Peter and the Wolf – Exploring music through stories

17 October 2018

It was a huge pleasure to welcome the representatives from Bournville Junior School, Brownmead Primary Academy, Elms Farm Primary, Hillstone School, Hallmoor and the Oval schools.

A special thank you to Keith Farr who led the inspirational workshop about music composition through myths and folk tales. We hope that it will be a great stimulus for all involved.

CBSO Presentation for Shells

Friday, 12 October 2018

Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

Huge thanks to Simon de Souza (the brass quintet Chaconne Brass), Margaret Cookhorn (principal contra bassoonist at CBSO) and Richard Jenkinson (The Dante String Quartet) for treating our Year 7 boys to a variety of music on Friday.
A special mention to our pupil Christopher who performed his own composition with Margaret Cookhorn (CBSO) and fellow KES musicians Ben and Yash.

 

 

Our thanks to Mr. Ash for his lovely photographs. The whole gallery may be viewed here.

Lunchtime Recital

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Thursday 18th October 2018 at 13.10
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

Charlotte Howdle – violin
Jacob Rowley – guitar
Naomi Bazlov – piano
The Orient Quartet (Ivy Lau, violin; Zoe Yap, violin; Junias Wong, viola; Ami Chen, ‘cello)

works by Franck, Villa-Lobos, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff.

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

 

Lunchtime Recital

Thursday 14 June 2018 at 13.10
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

Gabriel Wong, violin
Sam Howorth, piano
Rosy Heneghan, voice

works by Reger, Schubert, Scarlatti, Liszt, Gurney and Gounod

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

 

Margaret Cookhorn on BBC Radio 3

Music at King Edward's Music, Birmingham: BBC Inside Music

Inside Music
Saturday, 12 May at 1300 on BBC Radio 3

A new series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music – from the inside.

Today, bassoonist and principal contrabassoonist of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and woodwind tutor at 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 the programme by visiting:

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

 


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From the Symphony Hall Concert on 23 April


Our thanks to Mr. Ash for the photographs.

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham

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

 

From the Symphony Hall Concert on 23 April


Our thanks to Mr. Ash for the photographs.

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham

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

 

From the Symphony Hall Concert on 23 April


Our thanks to Mr. Ash for the photographs.

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham

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

 

From the Choral and Orchestral Concert 2 on 12 March 2018

Our thanks to Mr. Ash for the photographs.

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham

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

 

From the Choral and Orchestral Concert 2 on 12 March 2018

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

From the Instrumental Evening on 5 March 2018

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