Scholars’ Concert Success
Wednesday 17th March saw the second livestreamed concert of the academic year with our talented Music scholars performing live in Main Hall to a virtual audience of parents, grandparents, Old Leightonians and friends of the School. Thanks to the planning, logistics and technical capabilities of the Music and Venue Tech teams it was possible to livestream the show on youtube despite the Coronavirus restrictions preventing visitors joining us on the Park for the performance in the way that they usually would.
Lower Sixth vocalist, Tisa, commented “I really enjoyed performing in the Scholars’ Concert. Being a Music Scholar at LP gives me the opportunity to develop my skills and become more confident as a performer.” Eliza (Year 9), who plays the harp, added “Being a Music Scholar is really enjoyable and there are so many different opportunities, such as the Scholar’s Concert and working in the Live Lounge. The Music department is a friendly and supportive community, and they make you feel very welcome.”
The concert included a wide variety of instruments ranging from voice, violin to electric guitar and a range of pieces from classical to musical theatre and more. The range and quality of the performances were extremely impressive including Poulenc, Liszt, Chopin and JS Bach to Wes Montgomery, Bernstein and Stevie Nicks
The School offers a ‘music for all’ approach encouraging students of all abilities to get involved. The facilities offered by the Michael Malnick Centre for Music and Media extends those of the Music Department and includes three additional classrooms, seven additional practice rooms, a media room and live lounge plus a magnificent performance space in the building’s upper foyer. The department has equipment to support development of musicians in both instrumental capability and technical skills using the latest equipment and software, supported by our relationship with Yamaha as their flagship Music Education Partnership School and a Steinberg Certified Training Centre.
The Scholars’ Concert is an opportunity for us to showcase the musicians in the School who joined us as Music Scholars and are supported by the Scholarship Programme which offers them two free Music lessons per week, access to specialist Music tutors appropriate for their instrument and numerous performance opportunities across the School year, even when we have to do it virtually!
Rosemary Scales, Director of Music, reflected, “It was so impressive to see the continued development our musicians have made this year, even with the challenges of a lockdown. The impact of live music on the whole school community cannot be underestimated and it was wonderful to see and hear the performances of the students again.”
The virtual audience clearly enjoyed the concert too with emails coming in to Rose, complimenting the musicians on their performances. To share just a few of the remarks:
“Great concert – a real showcase of talent across the school”
“How lovely to watch another great virtual concert this afternoon. There’s a lot of new talent emerging amongst those Fryers!”
“What a lovely afternoon I had yesterday listening to all the talented young musicians at LP – it was delightful being serenaded whilst working in the office. Please do pass on my thanks and congratulations to students.
You can watch the concert again or catch up if you missed it the first time on youtube.