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Christopher Churcher’s ‘Always the Bridesmaid’ composed at The Sound and Music Summer School 2019

Christopher Churcher's 'Always the Bridesmaid' (Music Department at King Edward's School, Birmingham)

Christopher Churcher's 'Always the Bridesmaid' (Music Department at King Edward's School, Birmingham) (2)

A PDF is posted here: Christopher Churcher’s ‘Always the Bridesmaid’

 

 

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The Sound and Music Summer School 2019

On the 4th of August, I arrived apprehensively with around 60 other composers from all across the UK at the Purcell School in Hertfordshire. We were all there to attend the annual week-long Summer school run by Sound and Music, the UK charity for new music. Having applied last April, I was lucky enough to be given a place, and was allocated to the ‘Vocal composition’ group (there were also others, including Film, Instrumental, Jazz and Cross-Cultural). By the end of the week, there were over 60 brand new compositions written, performed and recorded!

In the vocal composition group, I was able to work with six professional singers, after several days of exploring different types of vocal music, from the madness of Cathy Berberian’s ‘Stripsody’ to the comparative minimalism of Laurence Crane. We then had just 3 days to compose and rehearse our compositions until the recording session and, finally, performances.

As the creative process began, I took a newfound interest in Swedish folksong, something with which I was unacquainted beforehand, but which I found really haunting and bewitching. With the help of one of the tutors, who was very knowledgeable about the techniques used in Swedish folksong, I learnt about specific techniques such as Kulning, as well as traditional Swedish vocal ornamentation and the modes that Swedish folksong traditionally explores. 

Struck by fleeting inspiration, I decided to combine a Swedish folk-inspired vocal line with the singing bowl (a type of bell that vibrates and produces a rich, deep tone when played) which one of our tutors had brought with them. This constant drone created the illusion that the singer’s line was almost suspended in mid-air, yet always in relation to the drone, which the voice slowly materialises out of at the start of the piece and disappears back into at the end.

I absolutely loved the Sound and Music Summer School and would fully recommend it to any composer looking to gain experience working with professional musicians or hoping to expose themself to a really wide range of intra-classical styles.

Christopher Churcher, Fifths

 

 

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Performers’ Platform

TUESDAY, 1 OCTOBER 2019
RUDDOCK HALL 18:30

Sundeep Mudhar, guitar
Jonathan Nguyen, piano
Priya Rajput, guitar
Rosabella Sung, piano
Gracia Gong, piano
Derwent Wilson, harp
Edward Whitehead, trombone
Jessie Zhao, piano
Nehemiah Kong, viola
Shivanii Arun, piano

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

Summer with Notebenders

Music at King Edward's School -- Notebenders

It’s been another amazing summer for Notebenders, the Ladywood based community big band.  First, a main-stage slot at the Moseley Jazz Festival in Moseley Park, a hidden gem just off the high street. It was a slightly nerve-wracking, but exciting feeling looking out over the crowd; I’m glad we were all in it together.

Next, the Birchfield Jazz Festival, a smaller, friendlier event with delicious, home-made Jamaican and African food in a local church.  The acoustics were incredible and the reception genuinely warm. 

Finally, the renowned big band afternoon at the Spotted Dog in Digbeth, an annual gathering of rowdy jazz fanatics.  As well as awesome music (check out the incredible jazz flautist, Gareth Lokrane), there was a ready supply of great food and, for those of us playing, a free bar!

The best thing is being part of the music-making and coming together with some brilliant musicians to have fun. Roll on next year!

Owen Swanborough, Removes

 

 

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The Miss Margaret Davis Memorial Recital

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The Miss Margaret Davis Memorial Recital

Thursday 26th September 2019

Ruddock Hall, 13.10

Renee Chang violin

Ben Marrett clarinet

Lauren Zhang piano

Works by Tchaikovsky, Kreisler, Arnold, Brahms and Liszt.

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

Jazz Evening

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Jazz Evening

Sunday 23rd June 2019
 Ruddock Hall, 16.30

Featuring guest professional musicians:

Joe Thompson, piano (Ivy Club London, ITV’s Daily Show, Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday party, Prince Charles’ 70th (pretty much the Royal Birthday Pianist!), and his long suffering colleague:
Robert Rickenberg, bass

Plus Senior Swing Band with student vocalists:

Nandini Bulchandani
Charlotte Chapman
Elysia Cheung

and many more:

Vocal Duos

Tara Desai & Sanjana Sudeshkumar
Priyanka Chaudhuri & Emil Ali
Joe Ward & Shivanii Arun

and even more!

Arun Ramanathan, voice
Nathan Cornish, trombone
Naomi Bazlov, piano & George Roberts, bass

poster 1 (flyer)

Performers’ Platform

 

TUESDAY, 1 OCTOBER 2019
RUDDOCK HALL 18:30

Sundeep Mudhar, guitar
Jonathan Nguyen, piano
Priya Rajput, guitar
Rosabella Sung, piano
Gracia Gong, piano
Derwent Wilson, harp
Edward Whitehead, trombone
Jessie Zhao, piano
Nehemiah Kong, viola
Shivanii Arun, piano

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham

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

Lunchtime Recital

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Thursday, 2 May 2019 at 13.10
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

Daniel Li – viola
Ivy Lau – violin
Mark Li – ‘cello
Michael Heneghan trumpet

works by Gershwin, Brahms, Beethoven, Kreisler, Stevens. 

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

 

Instrumental Evening – strings

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Monday, 1 April 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

 

Spring Concert

Lunchtime Recital

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 at 13.10
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

Samuel Howorth – piano
Rhea Takhar – oboe
Bronagh Lee violin
Beatrice Beardmore ‘cello

works by  Bach, Prokofiev, Korngold, Monn, Poulenc and the astonishing Funérailles by Franz Liszt. 

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

 

Instrumental Evening – guitar

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Wednesday, 27 March at 1800

Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

An informal concert given by guitar players of King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls.

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham

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

 

Performers’ Platform

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Tuesday 26 March 2019 at 18.30
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

Adam Mukoon, violin
Eva Gunn, ‘cello
Jiali Lu, flute  
Matthew Igoe, voice
Jiaqi Cao, violin

String Quartet
Alicia Liu, violin; Sharon Li, violin; Ritisha Baidyaray, viola; Bryneet Kaur, ‘cello

Wind Trio
Rhea Takhar, oboe; Yash Suribhatla, oboe; Christopher Churcher, bassoon

String Quartet
Pierce Maughan, violin; Adam Mukoon, violin; Nehemiah Kong, viola; Rick Zheng, ‘cello

 

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham

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

Instrumental Evening – drums

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Monday, 25 March at 1800

Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

An informal concert given by drummers of King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls.

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham

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

 

Peter and the Wolf: magical schools’ extravaganza

Huge thanks to David Ash for wonderful photographs. You can find them all @ https://www.davidashphotography.org/Galleries/King-Edwards/Music/Peter-and-the-Wolf/