Each year, the music department runs a variety of trips for GCSE and A Level music students.
This year we are aiming to running these trips:
- A trip to the opera at English National Opera
- Screening of The Magic Flute from the Royal Opera House (A level set work)
- Trip to the stage production of Wicked (GCSE set work)
London Symphony Orchestra; 26th February 2016
Last night our sixth form students went to hear the LSO perform programmatic pieces by some of the great Romantic composers; the students were particularly inspired by Smetana’s realisation of Richard III and Tchaikovsky’s famous concert overture, Romeo and Juliet. It was fantastic to hear one of the best orchestras in the world playing such engaging repertoire. The soloist in Liszt’s 2nd Piano Concerto was the world-famous Simon Trpčeski, who once practised on our piano here at PPS!
The Force of Destiny; ENO – 2nd December 2015
On the 2nd December the Y11, 12 and 13 music students visited the Coliseum on St. Martin’s Lane to hear English National Opera’s production of Verdi’s Force of Destiny (La Forza del Destino). The performance was stunning; the students were particularly enamoured by Verdi’s chorus writing and the fine playing of ENO’s orchestra. Tamara Wilson gave an exceptional performance as Leonora, especially in the moving final scene; she definitely inspired the singers in our group!
Song Recital; Wigmore Hall – 18th November 2015
Last night our sixth form music students went on a trip to Wigmore Hall to hear a song recital by the Dutch mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn. The evening was fantastic and included lieder by Schubert, Mahler and Berg; it was particularly interesting to hear the development in compositional style from the early 18th to the early 19th century. Mahler’s Urlicht, performed at the end of the evening, was especially transcendent and a favourite of the students.
Chamber Choir Mini Tour – 6th-9th July 2015
See the events page for more details of this!
Wigmore Hall – Arcadia and Meccorre Quartets – A Level Music Students – 24th March 2015
Some of our A Level music students visited the Wigmore Hall to hear three contrasting examples of Classical and Romantic chamber works for string ensemble – Haydn’s Op 33 Quartet in Eb “The Joke” (an A Level set work), Beethoven’s 1st String Quartet Op. 18 in F and the Octet in Eb Op. 20 by Mendelssohn (once resident in our school building!), composed when he was only 16. A few days before we were visited at school by Roy Stratford, who gave a lecture to the sixth form students about the works they were going to hear. The concert, which was broadcast live on Radio 3, was fantastic!
- LPO – GCSE Music Students – 23rd February 2015
The London Philharmonic Orchestra gave a morning concert which drew links between various pieces of Classical and Romantic music through identification of the ancient Dies Irae melody. Particular highlights were the witches’ dance from Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre. Mozart’s 40th Symphony, one of the GCSE set works, was also played and analysed.
- ENO – GCSE and A Level Music Students – 2nd December 2014
We went to hear Jonathan Miller’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme, performed by the English National Opera at the Coliseum near Trafalgar Square. The performance was phenomenal and it was an emotional evening for all!
- LPO – A Level Music Students – 26th November 2014
We visited the Royal Festival Hall to hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra play excerpts from two great neoclassical works: Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite and Poulenc’s Sonata for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone. Both pieces were then explored in detail by a musicologist, including performances of the 18th century works on which the 20th century masterpieces were based.