Christmas Concert – 6th December 2016
Tuesday’s concert was a fantastic way to end the musical term here at Portland Place School; students, parents and staff left Cecil Sharp House feeling very festive! This concert was one of the best yet and included some fantastic performances. All of the regularly rehearsing groups performed, including orchestra, big band, soul band, choir and chamber choir etc. in addition to solos from Sholto Nixon, Grace Gosling, Winston Lao and Daisy Tompkinson. Of course we were treated to some traditional Christmas tunes but we also heard a diverse range of other music from Bizet to Miles Davis and beyond. It was great to see more than 1 in 5 of PPS students present at the concert and staff choir is now bigger than ever! Well done to all involved.
Celebration Day – 1st July 2016
Music took a big part once again in the end of year prize-giving. There were various performances from all members of this year’s music tour, as well as a long-awaited appearance for the staff choir! Well done to Anton Solodchenko for picking up this year’s Benjamin Britten Award for achievement in music.
Summer Concert – 28th June 2016
Yesterday’s summer concert was a great success – well done to all that were involved! We heard a range of music from students in all year groups. Particular highlights were the Orchestra’s performance of the ET: Flying Theme, Chamber Choir’s rendition of The Rhythm of Life and Anton Solodchenko’s own composition. There was a big finale from the choir who sang a medley of hits from Mamma Mia – they’ll be singing this a few more times on tour in Germany and France next week!
Year 7 Concert – 19th May 2016
Many congratulations to the whole of Year 7 for their performances in last night’s concert at RADA Studios! The year group sang a variety of “Songs from Around the World” including La Bamba, Danny Boy, Siyahamba and Three Little Birds, and Symphonfrietta, the Year 7 orchestra, performed to the public for the very first time. We also heard some fantastic solos from many singers and instrumentalists; there is clearly a lot of talent in the year group so the future looks bright! Well done to all and to Miss Boyle for putting it all together.
A Level Recital – 28th April 2016
We would like to congratulate our A Level musicians on their recital programmes which they performed yesterday. We heard from six students: Naz Simsek and Preston Nyman in Year 13, Cora Hilliard, Max Brivati and Sholto Nixon in Year 12 and Anton Solodchenko, taking AS music a year early, in Year 11. All of the performances were great but particular mention must go to our leavers; Preston’s If I Didn’t Believe in You (from The Last Five Years) and Naz’s Send in the Clowns (from A Little Night Music) were sung with great attention to detail and a real understanding of character. Well done all!
Why not have a look at the Recital evening programme?
Recital Evening – 17th March 2016
Preston Nyman, Year 13 student and audience member says:
“On Thursday, students ranging from Year 5 to Year 11 performed solo pieces in a recital organised by the music department. This was a fantastic night, and it was wonderful to hear such impressive talent coming up from the lower years in the school. We heard pieces ranging from Mendelssohn to Menken and a variety of instruments; huge congratulations to all involved!”
Christmas Concert – 8th December 2015
Well done to everyone involved in this year’s Christmas Concert; it was great to see every year group represented once again. As usual we heard excellent performances from all of our weekly rehearsing groups; particular highlights included Computer from the Portland Place Big Band, Pirates of the Caribbean from the Portland Place Orchestra and some lovely part-singing from the Chamber Choir. Maia, Storm, Aislinn and Alfie all gave wonderful solo performances too.
Year 7 Haunted House – 15th October 2015
Congratulations to all in year 7 for a fantastic Haunted House event last night! 56 Portland Place was transformed into the scary Darkwood Manor and the turn out from parents, friends, relatives and staff was great. Alongside drama performances and creations from art and DT, all of year 7 sang Michael Jackson’s Thriller (with dance moves!) in the Darkwood Manor Hall. Year 7 have been composing scary minimalist compositions in the style of Terry Riley during music lessons and some of these pieces were playing around the different rooms in the Manor! Well done to all.
Chamber Choir Mini-Tour – 6th-9th June 2015
The chamber choir had a great week of activities during the final week of school, which included some amazing performances of some very difficult music, including Weelkes’ Sing We at Pleasure! Activities included:
- A visit to a care home in Bournemouth. The Westbourne Care Home threw a garden party and BBQ centred around an outdoor performance by the Chamber Choir. Afterwards, the students chatted to the residents, who thoroughly enjoyed the singing.
- A visit to the beach, amusements and Harry Ramsden’s Fish and Chip shop in Bournemouth.
- A visit to the Handel House museum, to see where Handel composed the Messiah!
- Two games of laser tag in Whitechapel. Go red team!
- A Gamelan workshop at the Royal Festival Hall.
- Two performances in prestigious London churches – one at St Giles in the Fields, and the other at St Paul’s in Covent Garden.
Chamber Choir performing at Westbourne Care Home and chatting to residents:
Bournemouth Beach and Amusements:
St Giles in the Fields:
Summer Concert – 30th June 2015
The annual Summer Concert featured all of our regularly rehearsing ensembles, and the highlights included Orchestra playing Vaughan-Williams, the Chamber Choir singing a cappella madrigals and the Soul Band playing Jungle Boogie! We heard solos from a few students, some of whom will sadly be leaving us next week: Milo Stilitz, Max Vernon-Powell and Joy Crookes. We also heard Alfie Heaney-McKinnell play part of a Bach Partita on the Violin. Well done to all!
The Y5 Orchestra
The Y7 Symphonfrietta
Year 6 Pantoperas – 19th June 2015
See the Pantopera page for more details!
Year 7 Concert – 21st May 2015
Year 7 had been working on their singing voices for this big event, in which eight James Bond songs were performed as a massed choir. We heard classics such as Live and Let Die and some new hits such as Skyfall, all of which were sung with enthusiasm and musicality by the students. Symphonfree, the Y7 orchestra opened the concert with a driven performance of the James Bond theme tune, and we also heard some inspiring individual performances, including saxophone solos from Connor and Laurie, a violin solo from Nicholas and a drum solo from Lex. Y7 were dressed in bow ties for the entire event, which made it an even better experience!
Symphonfree Clarinets – Zarina, Lila and Ella
The Y7 Choir
Nick and Sophie (Y10) in the horn section
A Level Recital Evening – 30th April 2015
The A Level Recital Evening was a great success. We heard both traditional and musical theatre repertoire from our three vocalists, Preston, Naz and Milo (including three Sondheim songs!) and part of Cimarosa’s Oboe Concerto, performed by Miki Burnett. All of the performances were very expressive and musical, and the students are likely to receive very pleasing marks for them. The evening ended with an incredibly characterful interpretation of If I Were a Rich Man by Milo!
Music Recital Evening – 19th March 2015
Nearly 20 students from years 6-12 performed in the Music Recital Evening, and it was a fantastic success. It showcased some well known classics, such as Satin Doll, performed by Maia Wagener, but also some more unfamiliar music, such as Miki Burnett’s composition for Shamisen! We were treated to some performances from upcoming stars in year 6 too; Audrey Amalia’s “Shy” was a particular highlight, imbued with personality and character. Well done to all involved!
Here you can see the Programme for the event. And some pictures….
Max Brivati playing Money
Zehy and Max playing Mr Jesson’s minimalist composition.
Maia playing Satin Doll
Audrey singing Shy
Lila playing Sonata in F
Miki playing Jonkara
Joy, Max and Max playing New England
Christmas Concert – 9th December 2014
This year, a record number of students, nearly 20% of the school, participated in the Christmas Concert. This is indicative of the amount of music-making which happens each week at Portland Place. The concert showcased pieces from each of the regularly rehearsing ensembles, together with a handful of solo performances, and there was a broad spectrum of music in the programme, including 17th century Baroque, Minimalism, Soul and Funk, together with some traditional Christmas tunes! Some of the highlights were Chamber Choir, who sang two pieces unaccompanied in six parts, and the Portland Place Orchestra, who performed part of Vaughan-Williams’ English Folk Song Suite. This concert also saw the first, very energetic performance by the brand new Year 7 Symphonfrietta; this ensemble is comprised of the 18 Year 7s who are taking free orchestral instrument lessons this year as part of the Symphonfree scheme! Have a look at the Programme.