‘Nationalism’ in Music

Academic Study Morning with Musicians from Hampton School

 On Friday 27 April, sixth form musicians from Charterhouse took part in an academic study morning with their peers from Hampton School, with guest speaker Professor David Nicholls.

Pupils from Charterhouse and Hampton are studying the Pre-U course in Music, a highly academic programme followed by a number of schools around the UK. One focus of the curriculum is the concept of ‘nationalism’ in music, which formed the focus for the study morning.

Staff and pupils were privileged to hear from a leading expert in the field, Professor David Nicholls. A noted authority on British and American music, Professor Nicholls has taught at the Universities of Cambridge, Keele and Southampton, as well as the College of William and Mary in the United States. He led a lively discussion with the pupils on whether nationalistic music can be a reality in the twenty-first century, after which the sixth formers conducted their own debate on the challenges of performance practice.

“I was most impressed with the intelligence and engagement of all the students,” commented Professor Nicholls. “The topics we explored are complex ones, but the level of questioning was very high. With such an academic course, partnership between schools is a great way of stimulating interest and gaining different perspectives.”

“The Pre-U is a highly academic course which encourages debate and discussion,” added Mrs Elizabeth Esser, teacher of music at Hampton School. “To see pupils from two schools learning and considering big musical issues together was a fantastic experience.”

For more information about Music at Charterhouse, please contact Mark Shepherd (Director of Music) or Dr Russell Millard (Head of Academic Music):music@charterhouse.org.uk.



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