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School news | Posted 09.02.2018

Music at Connaught Court

A musical performance and chance to visit Former Head of Music, Miss Smith:

“A group of QM Musicians had the privilege of going to Connaught Court Care Home to provide some afternoon entertainment for the residents there. There was a multitude of performances, from singers to a clarinet and flute quartet, with a large range of ability – it was especially heartwarming to see people dancing along to Lara Peel’s flute performance of Someone To Watch Over Me by George Gershwin.

After the performances, we had the chance to chat to the residents, and in particular, Miss Vivienne Smith, who was the Head of Music at Queen Margaret’s for over 30 years. After chatting to her for only a short amount of time, we learnt so much about her fascinating life both as a student and a teacher. She studied Piano at the Royal Academy of Music during World War II, and recounted the frequency of air raids during her Music lessons. She went on to tell us about her life at QM; she started working here whilst the School was still located at Castle Howard and then came across to Escrick when the School moved. She described the grand drawing rooms that had become classrooms, and the cold marble pillars and floor, which got even colder in winter!

We are honoured to have had the opportunity to speak to such an interesting lady, and we hope we can return with some more music soon.”

By Emily Unsworth and Amy Coates (LVI)