Round-Up of Music

The last few weeks has seen a flurry of activity over in the Music Department, with a number of concerts and events and it’s been most exciting to see musicians, both old and new, throwing themselves into Music at Charterhouse.

Just a few weeks in and Lack of Talent took to the Ben Travers Theatre and provided three nights of entertainment, with everything from in-house band ‘Sonic and the Hedgehogs’ to highly entertaining bottle-flipping (!) by Daniel Cross, via the ever popular ‘Brooke Hall sketches’, tastefully performed. Highlight of the show goes to Ciaran O’Leonard whose self-written poetry on subjects very close to his heart were quite extraordinary! Many thanks must go to all the pupils involved, but also the staff who helped to put the show on.

Outreach and partnerships have been a real feature of the last few weeks. Mark Shepherd, Director of Music, took pupils to Pond Meadow School, an outstanding special school in Guildford. Charterhouse musicians performed to the pupils, striving to assist the wonderful work of the Pond Meadow team in preparing life for their pupils both in and beyond school.

Further visits have included trips to Edgeborough for a Baroque Dance Masterclass and a demonstration of all things Wind and Brass through the excellent playing of the Senior Wind Ensemble (Bridget Kent, Emelia Andrade-Brown, Taki Ejima-Dalley, Eamon Lam, Matthew Parnall, Horace Choi).

Another highlight was the successful Wind and Brass day for prep school pupils. Head of Woodwind Mr Sam Corkin masterminded a thoroughly entertaining visit for 60 pupils. Rehearsals during the first part of the afternoon culminated with a super performance of the Theme from James Bond, the ever-popular Happy and also Soul Bossa Nova. Guided by our pupils sitting amidst the hoards (Jago Brazier, Justin Wang, Will Adams, Jamie Hume, Martin Young, Matthew Parnall & Eamon Lam), this was a wonderful afternoon of music making and we were thrilled to welcome so many young aspiring musicians to Charterhouse. We were also excited to welcome a visit from our Founder establishment, the London Charterhouse, on a visit to see and witness new aspects of Charterhouse life. At the end of their day, the guests were treated to a wonderful short recital in Chapel, of string playing: the Quartet of Erica Li, Kirsty and Adrian Choy and Head of Strings Mr Bolivar, with individual performances from the team of Edward and Laura Wilmouth and finally Rosie-May Kennedy.

Justin Wang competed in the final round of the Steinway International Youth Competition on Sunday 10 October.  He was one of only three finalists in the Hong Kong and Macau region but with the added pressure of performing live from Charterhouse via livestream at 8.30am. His programme of Beethoven and Prokoviev was played outstandingly. We secured the expert help of Tom Thorpe, a final-year student on the Tonnmeister Course at Surrey University, along with Harry Boulton, our graduate Music Assistant, who made a first-class recording and dealt coolly with losing internet connection 5 minutes before the livestream was to commence!

Year 9 pupil, Claire Wang, is due to give her first recital at Charterhouse; this will no doubt be of stellar quality and we very much look forward to her playing. The week will end with the annual House Singing event, this year judged by Emily Dickens, former member of the acclaimed multi-awarding winning group Voces8. We look forward to welcoming her to Charterhouse and giving her adjudication. After Exeat, we are quickly into Piano Prizes, Evening Recital III and of course, Candlelit Carols to sing us into the Christmas holidays.

It is also important to mention that this year is the first year that the School has been too big to fit everyone into Chapel, which means that for the first time in the School’s history there are two Chapel services, one for Year 9-11 pupils and one for and Sixth Form pupils.

It’s been a very busy few weeks, with lots to look forward to. It’s great to be able to welcome members of the public back to Charterhouse for concerts and even Choral Evensong, sung weekly by the Chapel Choir. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!