Cheam pupils enjoy the Wellington College Orchestral Workshop
On Thursday 12th October, the music department attended it’s first outing to the annual Wellington College orchestral workshop.
Led by Matthew Waldren, who works as a conductor with the English National Opera, City of London Sinfonia and the London Mozart Players, fifteen of our students participated as part of an 86-strong symphony orchestra comprised of nine schools in total. The day started with each instrumental group being taken for sectionals, which allowed them to start developing their ensemble technique. After a day of rehearsing, we performed Mahler’s third movement of Symphony Number One, a Latino piece arranged by David Stone, and a section of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition to proud parents and family members. We were particularly impressed by our student’s sight-reading skills, their focus and polite rehearsal etiquette, and are grateful to our wonderful music staff, Tim Bennett, Samantha Moore, Charles Henwood, Jane Kane and Ellie Verkerk for supporting our students and playing in the orchestra alongside them. Next on the musical calendar is the infamous Division Music competition, to be held on Friday 20th October!
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