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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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Romany Wood, a model for partnership work in music?

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham: Romany Wood at Symphony Hall

The Schools Together Group has just published the first in a series of publications on ‘Partnerships in Practice,’ edited by Tom Arbuthnott with Peter Hatch. This focuses on music partnerships, and aims to set out a series of case studies, ranging from the simple to the complex, that might help Directors of Music and Partnership Co-ordinators in state and independent schools to learn from better practice in devising music partnership projects.

Two projects based at King Edward’s School and King Edward’s High School for Girls are included, Romany Wood, and the swing band tours.

You can read about Romany Wood below:

King Edward’s Music Department, Partnership Work: Schools together — Romany Wood

The whole publication is posted at:

https://www.schoolstogether.org/publications/

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From the Symphony Hall Concert on 23 April


Our thanks to Mr. Ash for the photographs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

The Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham; viola players at the Cecil Aronowitz competition

A convocation of viola greatness: members of KES/KEHS Symphony Orchestra in their safe space.


There has been speculation that there is, somewhere in the world, a mobile safe haven for violas. Its existence has since been confirmed, as the viola tribe manifested itself in the form of the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition at the Birmingham conservatoire during the penultimate week of November. Violists and other supporters flocked from far and wide to listen and participate in a week of masterclasses, recitals workshops and, of course, the main event: the international competition itself.

Several members of symphony orchestra headed down on Monday to get a piece of the action: Naina played in a masterclass with Timothy Ridout and later joined the rest of the merry band in a workshop hosted by the Absolute Zero (temperature, not skill) viola quartet – yes, viola quartets do exist. The workshop was an amusing time where arrangements for viola ensemble were played and new techniques picked up. They also watched Round 2 of the competition.

The Robin Ireland evening recital included one of his own works, Pairings II for two viola, a Bach Chaconne (played with a baroque bow), Seven Preludes by Shostakovich and Six pieces from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. A magical and inspirational performance by one of the viola greats.

All in all, it was an informative and fun experience – maybe next time we’ll be competing for real! … or not.

 

Gabriel and Junias Wong


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KES Choir at the Carol Service, 6 December

King Edward's School, Music Department: KES choir, Carol Service 2017
Directed by Mrs. Starkie, the unique KES Choir sings in St. Philip’s Cathedral.

Our thanks to Mr. Boardman for the photograph.

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From the Lunchtime Recital on 16 November


Our thanks to Mr. Ash for the photographs.

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

 

KES Carol Service



Wednesday, 6 December 2017 at 1930
St. Philip’s Cathedral

Sung by KES Choir and instrumental ensemble.

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From the Orchestral Concert on 13 March



Our thanks to Mr. Ash for the photographs. An extensive gallery of his photographs is posted here:

http://www.davidashphotography.org/Galleries/King-Edwards/Music/Mahler-13-Mar-17

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

 

KES Carol Service


King Edward's School, Birmingham, Carol Service

Tuesday, 13 December at 1930
St. Philip’s Cathedral

Sung by KES Choir and instrumental ensemble.

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From the Lunchtime Recital on 24 November



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Our thanks to Mr. Ash for the photographs.

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

 

From the Miss Davis Memorial Recital at the Ruddock Hall

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Our thanks to Mr. Ash for the photographs.

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