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Music department thriving at an "allegro tempo" 

Since settling into the new term, concerts and musical events at Charterhouse have been coming thick and fast with so much for the pupils to be either involved in or come along and support their friends. It has been a busy couple of weeks, certainly, numerous rays of sunshine amidst some distinctly questionable weather!

We must firstly congratulate some of our Second Year Specialists (Year 13) who are already on their path to university life. Owen Chan secured his place, with an Organ Scholarship, to Merton College, Oxford. Henry Le Feber Robertson, Aoife Mulligan Smith, Benedict Wong and Gabriel Brown have also all been offered Choral Scholarships to their Oxbridge College. Many congratulations!

The ever-popular Lack of Talent shows were a great hit once again with many of the school’s bands and groups performing over the three nights of shows. It’s always a treat to see the diversity of musical performances and the pupils certainly did not disappoint; there were some excellent cover versions of classic rock and pop songs as well as a wonderful number, ‘Just A Hug’, written and performed by Louis Thomson.

Our work with local schools is always at the top of the agenda for both the department and the school and musicians were on hand for two recent events. The Brass Quintet delighted pupils and parents alike at Edgeborough School, performing both individually and as a quintet but also discussing their instruments and repertoire with the fascinated pupils. A week later, we held our annual Brass and Woodwind Day at Charterhouse, inviting numerous schools to come together with a brilliantly wide range of instruments to perform. New Head of Woodwind, Mr Samuel Corkin, was on hand to deliver an excellent afternoon’s workshop and concert with a brilliant sound from the combined forces. A super day was had by all!

The second Evening Recital was the most recent concert at Charterhouse, this time a Scholar’s Concert, displaying a selection of Music Scholars from across the school. Featuring instrumentalists from every year group, this was a lovely evening with everything from Bernstein to Weber. Some superb performances delighted the audience, very well done to all, particularly the three boys (Jago Brazier, Vladimir Margarint and Elvin Lam) who are brand new to the school.

Wider academia and study of the subject is an area Charterhouse is constantly looking to develop and a new Elective Programme for the Specialists started this Quarter. Over in the RVW, this meant taking advantage of our brand new Mac Suite and getting to grips with the world of Music Technology. Both the Elective Programme, and also the thriving Music Production Society, led by Louis Renault, have been exploring the likes of Garage Band and LogicPro, expanding their horizons and trying new methods of composition. We were also thrilled to welcome Dr David Curran from Royal Holloway University to give a fascinating seminar on Schenkerian Analysis to our Second Year Specialists.

Just before breaking for Exeat, we have the annual House Singing Competition and then many further concerts to look forward to upon returning. Rehearsals are also in full swing for next Quarter’s musical, Guys and Dolls, which promises to be excellent.

As ever, for further details about upcoming concerts or to be added to our mailing list, do get in touch with our administrator – music@charterhouse.org.uk Follow the department on Twitter also where concerts and events will always be published - @CharterhouseMu1

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