Live@QA Concert Series – Karis Stretton Workshop Review

Friday 14th March 2014

On Tuesday 11 February, as part of the school’s Live@QA Concert Series, we were delighted to welcome prize-winning pianist Karis Stretton to Queen Anne’s. Karis hosted a workshop for pianists Grade 5 and over and also performed a concert in the evening which was attended by pupils, parents and the local community of Caversham.

One of Queen Anne’s pupils, Charlotte Way, U5, attended the workshop, and shared with us her experience of performing in front of Karis Stretton:

On Tuesday 11 February, I was privileged to be given the opportunity to take part in Karis Stretton’s piano masterclass workshop. At the prospect of performing to such an established musician, we all arrived with a few nerves. However, Karis quickly put us at ease and such an informal atmosphere definitely encouraged us to ask for further ideas and advice, allowing us to get the most out of the experience. In turn, we each worked in detail on particular phrases within our pieces and were even lucky enough to hear a few demonstrations! Listening to such a wonderful pianist playing with such agility and with such delicate tone was inspirational and we all left feeling inspired to perform with the same musicality in the future. With a lunchtime concert approaching later that week, I believe that the masterclass was particularly beneficial to me as I was able to take on board Karis Stretton’s invaluable advice, hopefully reflecting it during my performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’s ‘Prelude in D’ on Friday. Once again, we are extremely grateful to the Music Department for organising such fantastic opportunities.

By Charlotte Way U5

Karis Stretton workshop

 

Our next concert, as part of the Live@QA Concert Series, will feature multi-award winning a cappella group ‘All the King’s Men’. The concert will take place at Queen Anne’s School on Thursday 20 March.

‘All the King’s Men are based at King’s College, London and will host a workshop focusing on vocal technique at 4.30pm and perform a concert at 7.30pm. Click here to book your tickets

 

Recent News

German A Level Students Visit the British Film Institute

11 December 2017

In November, the German A Level students from Queen Anne's went on a trip to the British Film Institute to attend a conference on German Film. 
 

Recent News

Sophie Volunteers at the DSISO European Open Swimming Championships in Paris

08 December 2017

In November, Sophie W (U6) attended the DSISO European Open Swimming Championships in Paris, which was the first synchronised swimming competition that she had taken part in as a coach.
 

Recent News

Queen Anne's Art Students Attend Foundation Schools' Art Exhibition in Chelsea

06 December 2017

On Tuesday 21 November, the Art Scholars from Queen Anne's attended the Foundation Schools' Art Exhibition Private View at the Tanya Baxter Contemporary in Chelsea.
 

Recent News

Queen Anne's Sports News

04 December 2017

A round up of all the latest sports news from Queen Anne's in the week commencing Monday 27 November.
 

Recent News

The Senior Musicians Bring the House Down at the Senior Concert

01 December 2017

On Tuesday 21 November, the Senior Musicians from Queen Anne's brought the house down with their outstanding performances at the Senior Music Concert held in the School Hall.
 

Recent News

U6 English Students Inspired at Imperial College Study Day

29 November 2017

Dr Bellamy's U6 English A Level class attended an excellent study day at Imperial College, London, hosted by English in Action and focusing specifically on the 'WWI and its Aftermath' examination paper.
 

Recent News

BrainCanDo featured in the Daily Mail

28 November 2017

On Monday 27 November BrainCanDo and its Founder, Julia Harrington, featured in the Daily Mail in an article entitled ‘Tell children the benefits of learning rather than reward results, parents urged’.
 

Recent News

Queen Anne's Sports News

27 November 2017

A round up of all the latest sports news in the week commencing Monday 20 November 2017.
 

Recent News

The Sixth Form Spanish Students visit the Cervantes Institute

24 November 2017

The Sixth Form Spanish students from Queen Anne's went to London to watch La Casa de Bernarda Alba in Spanish at the Cervantes Institute.
 

Recent News

L6 Art Students Visit Reading University

22 November 2017

A Level Art students from Queen Anne's visited the Reading University Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN) to meet with Professor Tom Johnstone.
 

Next Event

Dorchester Abbey Carol Service

14 December 2017

Girls are free to leave for the Christmas holidays following our annual Carol Service at Dorchester Abbey.