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Britten Music Course hits the high notes!

Published Tuesday 2nd of August 2011 03:47:50 PM

YOUNGSTERS ADD THIRD DIMENSION TO FESTIVAL� was the headline in the Eastern Daily Press when the first Britten Music Course at Gresham�s concluded with a fantastic performance at the King�s Lynn Festival with the European Chamber Orchestra and the KL Festival Chorus.

All 16 children performing, who came from across the country, had taken part in a three day residential music course at the School, with choral and instrumental workshops culminating in this exciting opportunity to perform with a major choir and a leading orchestra at the opening night of the Festival.

Director Tom Appleton (Monteverdi Choir & Guest Conductor of National Youth Choir of Great Britain and, of course, an Old Greshamian) led morning choral workshops where the children enjoyed learning the concert repertoire including Vivaldi�s Gloria. In-between games of ultimate Frisbee and tennis, the afternoon sessions saw the students divided up into instrumental ensemble workshops given by members of music staff from Gresham�s. On the Saturday evening, all the students on the Course performed individual solos in a concert in the School�s beautiful chapel which also included the Course�s �Benjamin Britten Ensemble�, who played extracts from Grieg�s Peer Gynt Suite and Mozart�s Toy Symphony.

The performance with EUCO on the Sunday evening was a resounding success, with the students from the Britten Music Course performing with a choir of over a hundred, to an audience of over six hundred. In particular, the students� performance of Allegri�s Miserere alongside Katy Hill from The Sixteen, Rosie Aldridge (Glyndebourne mezzo) and Jamie Wright (Old Greshamian) drew much applause, whilst their ability to contribute fully to a major choral work such as the Vivaldi Gloria after only three rehearsal sessions was remarkable.

��The youngsters, aged 10-13, sang in Allegri�s Miserere dramatically staged by chorus Director Tom Appleton, and joined in a stirring rendition of Vivald�s Gloria.� Eastern Daily Press

In 2013 Gresham�s will be celebrating the centenary of Britten�s birth with a number of major musical events.
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