Music Updates

Music Updates
It's been an exciting couple of weeks in the Music Department, from performances during Culture Week to two Lunchtime Recitals!

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks in the Music Department, from performances during Culture Week to two Lunchtime Recitals!

Little Shop of Horrors band

A massive congratulations and well done to all those involved in this year’s Senior
Production of Little Shop of Horrors, but a special thank you to the band for your musical
contributions to a fantastic show. All performances were incredibly polished and completely
reflected all your hard work in rehearsals. Thank you to Rebecca (Upper Fifth) for playing
alongside KES students to make the show’s band so fantastic. Well done!

Culture Week

Last week we had a music-filled Culture Week! Across the week, we had performances from
many of our students showcasing a range of cultures from around world. It was such a
lovely way to start each day in the school foyer and we thank everyone who took part for
their fantastic performances. On Monday we had Irish Folk Music; thank you to the KEHS
String Ensemble, Anthea (guitar), Arooj and Rebecca (who played an
assortment of random percussion!). On Tuesday we heard a range of Chinese music; thank
you to Enya (Chinese Flute), Rachel (Chinese singing), Connie (Erhu), and
Vivian (Chinese Flute). On Wednesday we heard some of our guitarists playing some
Latin American and Caribbean music; thank you to Charlie, Isabel and Samara. On Thursday we heard from our wonderful String Quartet who played a piece from
the British Isles; thank you to Alicia, Sharon, Ritisha, and Bryneet.
Finally on Friday we heard a range of Indian music; thank you to Maneek (Sitar), Sayeni (Tamil singing), and Noor (Indian Singing). Well done to all of you
involved, it was a fantastic week of wonderful music!

Lunchtime Recital

On Thursday 2 February, we had our first lunchtime recital of 2023! The recital featured
students all of whom are from KEHS. Derwent (harp), Sundeep (guitar) and
Rebecca (piano) all gave commanding performances of very impressive pieces.
Congratulations to all three of you. We could not be prouder to have ambassadors like you
showcasing the immense talent of our school. The recital saw a fantastic audience, including
students from both schools. We love seeing fellow music lovers attending our fantastic
concerts to support their peers!

On Thursday 9 February, we had another of our wonderful Lunchtime Recitals. Amber (piano) played a fantastic rendition of Schubert’s Impromptu Op. 90, No. 2, and also played
Chopin’s Étude Op. 25, No. 1, which was stunning . We also heard from the String Quartet
consisting of Alicia (violin), Sharon (violin), Ritisha (viola), and Bryneet (cello), who performed Ireland’s String Quartet No.1 in D Minor – it was a beautiful
performance. Thank you and congratulations to all who were involved, it was once again a
wonderful recital!

Woodwind and Brass Instrumental Evening

On Monday 6 February, we had another of our fantastic Instrumental evenings. The evening
was filled with woodwind and brass performances, all of which were fantastic!
Congratulations to the following students for their wonderful performances: Sienna,
Srilakshmi, Olivia, Ava, Mandy, Esme, Nandhika,
Rebecca, Shriya and Anjali.

Performers’ Platform

On Tuesday 7 February, we had our first Performers’ Platform of 2023. We heard a range of
music from talented musicians from both KES and KEHS. Amelie (flute) performed a
fantastic rendition of Donjon’s Offertoire. Lulu (violin) played the second movement
to Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto which was a commanding performance. Anushka sung two beautiful pieces, one composed by Barber, the other by Rodgers and
Hammerstein. Anne-Laure played the flute, giving us a lovely performance of
Venezia’s Allegro Moderato. Rachel sung two stunning pieces, one from Mozart
and the other, Sondheim. There were also ensemble performances within this platform.
Srilakshmi performed as part of a joint Piano Quintet with KES students, and Violet and Shalu were part of a joint Wind Octet with KES students. Congratulations
to all involved, it was a fabulous evening that showcased much of the talent our school has
to offer.

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