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Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham

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.

Strings’ Instrumental Evening

On Monday 8th November, pupils from King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School took part in the Strings’ Instrumental Evening. This concert featured a variety of instruments, played by both soloists and ensembles. Below, you can see our newly-formed Removes’ Chamber Orchestra in action!

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

Lunchtime Recital Thursday 4 November 2021

King Edward's School Birmingham and King Edward VI High School Birmingham Lunchtime Recital

Woodwind and Brass Instrumental Evening

On Monday 1st November, pupils from King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School took part in the Woodwind and Brass Instrumental Evening. This concert featured a variety of instruments, played by both soloists and ensembles.

Music Calendar 2021/22

We have a variety of musical events happening this year! Please click here to view this year’s music calendar:

Music Calendar 2021 - 2022 King Edward's School and King Edward VI High School

Performers’ Platform

Performance Platform King Edward's School Birmingham (KES) and King Edward's VI School for Girls (KEHS)

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

Lunchtime Recital Thursday 7 October 2021

Lunchtime recital programme Thursday 7 October King Edward's School and King Edward VI High School for Girls
Lunchtime recital programme Thursday 7 October King Edward's School and King Edward VI High School for Girls
Lunchtime recital programme Thursday 7 October King Edward's School and King Edward VI High School for Girls
Lunchtime recital programme Thursday 7 October King Edward's School and King Edward VI High School for Girls

The Miss Margaret Davis Memorial Recital 23 September 2021

The Miss Margaret Davis Memorial Recital programme 23 September
The Miss Margaret Davis Memorial Recital programme 23 September
The Miss Margaret Davis Memorial Recital programme 23 September
The Miss Margaret Davis Memorial Recital programme 23 September
The Miss Margaret Davis Memorial Recital programme 23 September

The Miss Margaret Davies Memorial Recital 23 September 2021

On Thursday 23 September, the annual Miss Margaret Davis Memorial Recital took place in the Ruddock Hall. This recital featured some of the most advanced musicians from King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls.

Thank you to David Ash for the photographs. You can view the full gallery here.

King Edward's School, Birmingham. The annual Margaret Davies Recital on Thursday 23 September 2021 in the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre.
King Edward's School, Birmingham. The annual Margaret Davies Recital on Thursday 23 September 2021 in the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre.
King Edward's School, Birmingham. The annual Margaret Davies Recital on Thursday 23 September 2021 in the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre.

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.

Lunchtime Recital 24 June 2021

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.

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Winner of the Benslow Young Composers’ Competition

Over the Easter holiday, I was thrilled to be pronounced the winner of the under-18 category of the Benslow Young Composers’ Competition for my composition Very Early Spring. With a choice of five poems centering around Spring, applicants from across the United Kingdom were tasked with writing a five-minute-long song for soprano Sarah Leonard and pianist Stephen Gutman. My composition was heavily inspired by the colours and harmonies found in the French art song tradition of Fauré, Debussy and Boulanger. By contrasting floating, wintry piano arpeggios with recurring rising piano lines underpinned by warmer harmonies, I ventured to use the music to illustrate the relationship between the lingering squalls of winter and the ‘golden fingers’ of the sun in the poem by Katherine Mansfield. The final workshop of the competition was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, as the five shortlisted composers were able to hear each other’s works and receive comments and advice from the judge of the competition and Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir. To win the competition was such a pleasant surprise, and I look forward to hearing my composition performed as part of the Benslow International Concert Series in August.

Christopher Churcher, Divisions

You can read more about the competition here.

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Lunchtime Recital, 22 April 2021