The Perse School

Music news round-up

22 Jun 2015

Music activities are in full swing at the Upper, with a busy schedule of events lined up in the two weeks before the end of term. There have been some excellent pupil acheivements in the past fortnight, as detailed below.

Last week saw the pupils take part in the Year 7 and 8 House Music Competition. Our external adjudicator and artistic director at the Brandenburg Festival, Mr Bob Porter, was given the mammoth task of listening and feeding back on all 71 performances – and there were some brilliant stand-out performances in every class. We congratulate Laura Barraclough, who won outstanding overall performance for her rendition of Randy Newman’s ‘When She Loved Me’. Well done to all other entrants who either won their class, came highly commended or were deemed ‘most promising,’ including (in no particular order): Florence Harmer, Peter White, Peter Martin, Henry Butler, James Rocca, Robert Almqvist, Kilian Meissner, Sebastian Garnett, Mila Henderson-Gill, Charlotte Richards, Benjamin Bradshaw, Elizabeth Minshall, Stephanie Clark, Maeve Halligan, Sachin Shankar, Jonathan Black, Hugo Fung, Tom Roddis, Henry Proudfoot and John Hayward. The Year 9 and 10 competition will take place today.

Yesterday, Wind Band 2 performed at the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust party at Trumpington Hall, after raising £286.08 in aid of the PICU at Addenbrooke’s in a recent performance in the hospital chapel.

Looking ahead, two ensemble concerts featuring nearly all of our Year 7-10 ensembles take place from next week – Part I takes place in the Music Department at 6.30pm on Thursday 25 June, while Part II takes place in the School Hall at 6.30pm on Wednesday 1 July. There will also be some new musical opportunities beginning in September including music technology lessons; Individual music theory lessons; composition lessons; a new competition – Perse Musician of the Year; and several new ensembles. More detailed descriptions of tuition opportunities on offer can be found on our website.

Finally, congratulations go to The Hooligans, the Irish music band which includes Maeve and Ailis Halligan. They won second place out of 70 acts (whittled down from 500 who applied to play) in an audience vote at the Cambridge Busking Festival last weekend – and won a ukulele in the process! They, along with several other Perse musicians, performed this coming at the Saffron Walden Fete De La Musique last weekend.


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