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Symphony Hall concert – Wednesday 30 March

On Wednesday 30 March, approximately 300 students from King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School took part in this year’s concert at Symphony Hall where 11 of our music ensembles performed. This included a Massed Choir consisting of KES/KEHS Choral Society, Lower School Choir, KES Choir and KEHS Chamber Choir joining forces to perform Handel’s ‘Zadok The Priest’ in the spirit of Her Majesty’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Repertoire across the concert varied from Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, to Erroll Garner’s ‘Misty’, to Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’. Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to all the members of staff who helped out on the day!

Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Musicians from King Edward’s School and King Edward’s High School for Girls, Birmingham, rehearse and perform.
Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Musicians from King Edward’s School and King Edward’s High School for Girls, Birmingham, rehearse and perform.
Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Musicians from King Edward’s School and King Edward’s High School for Girls, Birmingham, rehearse and perform.

Lunchtime Recital – Thursday 28 April

Choral and Orchestral Concerts – Sunday 13 and Monday 14 March 2022

King Edward's School King Edward VI High School for Girls Choral and Orchestral Concert 2022
King Edward's School King Edward VI High School for Girls Choral and Orchestral Concert 2022

Lunchtime Recital Thursday 10 February

Lunchtime Recital – Thursday 3 February

On Thursday 3rd February, students from King Edward VI High School for Girls and King Edward’s School performed in the Lunchtime Recital in the Ruddock Hall. The programme featured chamber music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Amy Beach, performed by the String Quartet and Piano Quintet respectively.

Thank you to David Ash for the photographs below:

Lunchtime Recital – Thursday 3rd February 2022

KES/KEHS Christmas Concerts 2021

On Sunday 5th and Monday 6th December, 11 of our music ensembles from King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School took part in this year’s Christmas Concerts. Below, you can see the KES/KEHS Symphony Orchestra, KES Choir, and Concert Band in action. Well done to everyone who performed!

King Edward's School and King Edward VI High School for Girls Christmas Concert KES/KEHS Symphony Orchestra
KES/KEHS Symphony Orchestra
King Edward's School and King Edward VI High School for Girls Christmas Concert KES Choir
KES Choir
King Edward's School and King Edward VI High School for Girls Christmas Concert Concert Band
Concert Band

The Barber Recital at the Elgar Concert Hall

On Friday 19th November, students from King Edward VI High School for Girls and King Edward’s School performed at the Elgar Concert Hall in the Bramall Music Building at the University of Birmingham. The programme featured pieces by Brahms, Delibes, and a new opera commissioned from Christopher Churcher in Sixths.

Thank you to David Ash for the photographs below:

The Barber Recital. King Edward VI High School for Girls and King Edward's School
The Barber Recital. King Edward VI High School for Girls and King Edward's School
The Barber Recital. King Edward VI High School for Girls and King Edward's School

The Barber Recital at the Elgar Concert Hall

Monday’s Musical Assembly with jazz piano teacher Mr Joe Thompson

On Monday 8th November, our visiting jazz piano teacher and ex-KES pupil, Mr Joe Thompson, gave an assembly to all boys in Shells, Removes and Upper Middles.

Along with Fifths pupils Daniel Gooding and James Gooding on drums and bass respectively, Mr Thompson played some examples of well-known tunes in different styles. He also explained what the concept of harmony was, by transitioning between songs with different genres seamlessly due to their similar harmonic structures.

The overarching message of the assembly addressed the importance of exploring new avenues and to have the courage to try new things; not just in music, but in life in general.

Mr Thompson comes into school to teach jazz piano every Monday. Please do get in touch with the Music Department if your son would like to have lessons.

Pupil takes part in production with English Touring Opera

Upper Middles student Adi Ray was recently selected to perform in English Touring Opera’s performance of Amadigi during half term. In the opera, described as “small-scale Handel with yoga and walls of fire”, Adi sang treble in the role of Orgando, the god of love. Well done Adi!

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham -- English Touring Opera

Senior Swing Band 2021-22

We are delighted that rehearsals are back in person this year! Here is our Senior Swing Band in action:

KES / KEHS Birmingham Senior Swing Band

Shells’ Recital 2021

Shells’ Recital, September 2019

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

18:00 in the Ruddock Hall

Tonight is the opening of our concert season; the Shells’ first ever concert at King Edward’s School.

19 performances will be given by this most remarkable year of Shells. Admission is free and you do not have to book in advance.

The Royal Philharmonic’s Society’s Young Classical Writers’ Prize

Christopher Churcher in the Divisions has just been specially commended in the Royal Philharmonic’s Society’s Young Classical Writers’ Prize. His essay is on Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, the piece which initially drew him to classical music.

You can read more about the competition here. Christopher’s essay is posted here.

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham

Lunchtime Recital, 22 April 2021

Christmas Concert Programme 2020