Music News - September 2022
Published 30th September 2022
This summer and autumn continue to be busy periods for QM's musicians. Music Scholar Ingrid's (Year V) Easter performance with the National Children's Concert Band has been released on video, there is an exciting project in Germany for our talented music teacher Miss Kornas, plus our Music Scholars Zoe and Lucinda (LVI) are due to participate in an exciting composition project. Plus, don't miss the upcoming Evensong service with our wonderful Chamber Choir.
National Children's Concert Band
Earlier this year, Music Scholar Ingrid (Year V) successfully auditioned to take part in the National Children's Concert Band. She took part in a course over Easter and the performance footage was just released this summer! You can watch her performance below, captured in The Bradshaw Hall at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
The NCCB is a group of wind, brass and percussion players ages 10-14. On a residential course, they partake in exciting rehearsals and performances directed by the experienced and inspirational Sarah Hind. The band is created for younger musicians to stretch them beyond their usual one-to-one music lessons. It aims to introduce them to the huge range of opportunities that ensemble playing can offer.
Ingrid joined the band over Easter for a series of rehearsals and performances. She told us, "I had a great time during my course at the National Children's Concert Band and I learned so much. I learned a lot through all the rehearsals, especially in the sectional rehearsals. I also really enjoyed being able to play in different groups."
QM's Head of Keyboard Studies Miss Kornas has been invited to perform in Germany this month and host a music workshop as part of her trip.
Organised by the Royal College of Music, where Miss Kornas has previously worked as an accompanist, the trip involves 3 concerts featuring repertoire by Lakmé, Dvorak, Puccini, Strauss, and more.
We always love to hear that QM's musicians maintain professional careers outside of school at such a high calibre of musical performance. Their passion and experience give all our music students incredible inspiration and a direct connection to the modern world of working musicians.
We look forward to hearing more!
NYMAZ Composition Course
Music Scholars Zoe and Lucinda (LVI) are attending a composition course this term with renowned composer Andrea Price.
The course is run by NYMAZ - a youth music development charity which champions the transformative potential of music for children and young people in North Yorkshire.
At the end of the course, the compositions will be performed live by a professional brass quartet in Selby Abbey to celebrate 100 years since the first BBC radio broadcast.
The opportunity to work with live performers and have feedback from such an eminent composer in the brass field will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The QM Music Department is supporting their compositions throughout the term, and will be looking forward to seeing their public performance live - watch this space!
Don’t miss the upcoming Choral Evensong on Sunday 9th October at 19:00, with refreshments from 18:30. Evensong is a traditional Christian service involving choral music, readings, and prayers. Join us for this annual favourite, led by our wonderful Chamber Choir. It is the ideal opportunity to take a pause from busy lives and reconnect with spiritual beliefs.
Register your attendance here: https://forms.gle/bVMYBLsidFe5zy3z5