Happy New Year everyone, and welcome back to another busy and exciting term at Millfield’s Music School. We hope you all had a restful Christmas period and are coming back refreshed and ready for all of the fantastic opportunities that this term will offer.
Before looking ahead to this term, we have some achievements to report from over the break. Following his two offers from Royal Northern and Birmingham Conservatoire, Nikos, one of our Music Scholars, has continued his successful auditions by being offered a place at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. Also, Nikos is one of two Upper 6th students being awarded Co-Curricular Colours this term, joined by fellow string player, Alex. Congratulations to both students on their dedication and excellence in Music.
The concert programme for the Spring Term is packed and, in particular, shows the Music department interacting with other departments at Millfield and the external musical community. Before half term, Music, Drama, and Dance all come together in the spectacular school musical, High School Musical, with shows on February 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th. It promises to be unmissable! The Music department will also join forces with the Millfield Festival Chorus and a semi-professional orchestra for the performance of Mozart’s Requiem in Wells Cathedral on March 17th, one of the highlights of the Millfield concert calendar. The students have been working tremendously hard on this challenging piece since September and the sound in the Wells Cathedral acoustic will be stunning. At the end of the Spring Term will be the other big student concert of term, in the form of the Concerto Concert, an opportunity for the top-level performers of the department to perform a concerto movement with a professional orchestra. This is student music-making at the highest quality and will be an incredible evening.
During this term, we will also be welcoming some prestigious guests to perform in the Johnson Hall. Continuing our International Concert Series, Jennifer Pike, the world-renowned violinist, will be performing a recital programme on February 23rd. We are also very fortunate to welcome the close-harmony group Apollo5 to Millfield for a concert on January 26th. Both Apollo5 and Jennifer Pike have also agreed to lead masterclasses as part of their visits, which will be an amazing opportunity for our students to learn from performers of the highest calibre.
Away from the concert calendar, there is much to look forward to this term in the classroom. Year 9 will be beginning new co-curricular activities this term, so a new group will get to experience something new in the world of music. Also, all Year 9 students will be beginning a new module on African drumming in their music classes, with brand new instruments to enjoy for the practical element. Year 11, Lower 6th and Upper 6th will all be working hard on preparing for their external exams in the Summer Term, so this time will be crucial for finishing coursework and starting early revision. We wish all our students luck with their academic and performance endeavours this term, and we are looking forward to a successful and productive term.