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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

 

Peter and the Wolf workshop

 

 

Peter and the Wolf workshop

17 November 2018, Hillstone Primary School

The team behind the Peter and the Wolf project convened again at Hillstone Primary School last Thursday. They explored further the model for composition work and also introduced the visual part of the project. The workshop was led by James Mayhew and some truly outstanding masterpieces were created.

 

 

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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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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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.

Recording with Notebenders

 

 

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Recording with Notebenders

It’s been a very special year for The Notebenders Big Band, with many events celebrating what would have been the 100thbirthday of its founder, the jazz saxophonist, Andy Hamilton. We’ve performed at a concert for Andy at the Town Hall, done our monthly gigs at Symphony Hall, taken part in the Big Band Day at the Spotted Dog and played for a day with Birmingham Conservatoire jazz students at the Eastside Jazz Club.

In October we cut our first professionally produced CD at the Conservatoire Recording Studio.  It was an incredibly exciting, hectic and truly exhausting day, and my first experience of the fascinating world of recording and music tech. The day started with a sound check where we had to try out a few phrases of our choice. Then we worked our way through the tunes, often having several goes to get each one right; one required ten attempts – not one I was in, fortunately!

I also learnt how to while away the hours when you’re not needed with the help of great friends, pizza and highly-competitive rounds of UNO!

Now we just have to wait while all the mixing and other magic is done – can’t wait to hear the finished product and find out what they’ve done with my solo!

Owen Swanborough (Shells)

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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

 

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.

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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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

 

Exploring music through stories — Peter and the Wolf and The Firebird

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham: Peter and the Wolf Linocut by James Mayhew

New on this ‘blog, ‘Exploring music through stories — a composition project’.

Produced in partnership with seven primary, preparatory, and special schools, this proposes and will explore a model for the teaching of composition in primary schools.

A four-month-long project will run throughout Birmingham learning to a performance-day in February 2019. The schools will come together and share the stage with KES/KEHS Symphony Orchestra; our compositions sharing a programme with works by Stravinsky and Prokofiev.

You can read more under the ‘Peter and the wolf‘ menu, at the top of this page.

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