A Round-Up of Music

Read the latest news from the Music Department 

Well, doesn’t this all feel rather familiar?! Normally, the fall of snow (yes, it’s even snowing!) outside means the potential for a snow-day and the novelty of being stuck at home, trying to engage staff and pupils from their living rooms. However, as the pandemic continues on, no effect will a snow day have; instead, we adapt to the familiarity of this ‘new normal’, another lockdown and a return to Charterhouse@Home once more.         

But this certainly won’t mean a let-up in the Music Department. Once again, our wonderful team of Visiting Music Teachers (VMTs) leapt into action, and have been providing expert tuition over Zoom amidst their own busy home lives. Pupils have been working towards individual goals this half-term, aiming to produce performances through a variety of means: a living-room performance to their family, a performance over Zoom to their teacher, producing a remote recording with audio and video technology or combining with friends in a remote ensemble setting. Our VMTs have been working tirelessly, often behind the scenes and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for everything they’ve done so far, the flexibility they’ve shown and, ultimately, the care they continue to show to our pupils. Thank you.

So what delights have we encountered this term? Sophie Ju recorded a superb recital with Mr Hill at the end of last term and we were fortunate to be able to hear the fruits of their labour as the performance was broadcast to the School at the start of term. New into the Specialists, Sophie has shown what ability and talent she brings to Charterhouse and we’re all very much looking forward to her future in the department. This wonderful performance can be viewed below:

As the term has progressed, we have had two remarkable remote wind ensemble performances, collated and masterminded by Head of Woodwind Mr Sam Corkin. The Junior Wind Trio of Vlad Margarint, Jago Brazier and Jeremy Holguin remotely recorded a wonderful arrangement of Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer whilst the Saxophone Quartet of Horace Choi, Hattie Palmer and Will Taylor alongside Mr Corkin, produced a truly impressive recording of Karen Street’s Welcome Dance.

All performances are available to view on the Music@Home page on the School intranet platform Greyhound. From the String Department, many remote projects are starting to come in - Timothy Tso has performed the first movement of Bach’s A minor violin concerto, Michael Huang and Sophie Ju have been producing some Shostakovich duets; the String Quartets across the School have been working together also, with fruits of their labour shortly to materialise. Across the other departments too, pupils have been very busy and working on exam repertoire and smaller pieces, all getting to grips with what is fast becoming a more normal and perhaps accepted format of technological performance.

Chapel has also provided an excellent outlet for performances with the short services concluding with some of these recordings. Chapel continues to offer a beautiful moment of serenity and calm, an ideal way to welcome in a Monday and Friday; insightful nano-sermons by Beaks, collective and reflective prayers from the Chaplaincy team and calming musical voluntaries to set you up for the day. Do tune in when you can and also visit the Music@Home page on Greyhound where you’ll be able to enjoy all of these performances; there are many more in the pipeline and plans for a virtual concert in the second half of term.

As ever, you can follow the Music Department on Twitter and on YouTube. Similarly, if you’ve something musical to share, let us know! Let’s hope that these @Home round-ups will soon be a thing of modern-day history.