Latest Music News at Queen Anne’s School
Wednesday 28th February 2018
Tuesday 20 February – Meet The Bands!
Our first ‘Meet The Bands’ concert saw a wealth of musical talent on show from our instrumentalists led by Ian Haysted and Alison Wilkins. The Concert Band, Jazzabelles, Saxaholics, Caution High Winds Flute Group and Bella Quintetti Wind Quintet all performed a wide range of music to a very high standard. The Jazzabelles were joined by vocalists Elle Soo and Katie Dart to perform Summertime and Somewhere over the Rainbow and Paloma Hamilton-Bowker played a wonderful clarinet solo in the jazz favourite Candy. The concert included a World Premiere of Paloma’s wind quintet P.I.N.B.A. which is about to be published and will be performed in Washington DC later this month when our musicians are on tour.
Thursday 22 February – Junior Music Festival
Three schools joined us for an afternoon of African Drumming and Singing led by leading UK percussionist Chris Marshall. The girls spend the afternoon learning vocal techniques and how to play complex rhythms on African instruments. They also learnt to sing in Ghanian, Swahili and Yoruba. They then performed a concert for their parents along with tea and masses of cake! A really enjoyable afternoon.
Thursday 22 February – BrainCanDo Symposium: Autism: A Window on the Musical Mind
Professor Adam Ockelford and pianist Derek Paravincini presented a fascinating insight into the musical world of autism. Derek has autism and is blind but has an amazing ability on the piano and demonstrated this in all sorts of styles. This was followed by an open forum. An amazing evening!
Saturday 24 February – Lecture on Computational Thinking in the music of Bartók and Berio
Mark Richards presented a lecture on Computational Thinking in the music of Bartók and Berio. This explored Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta and Berio’s Sinfonia and how mathematics and patterns are a major part of their compositional technique. It was amazing to see how Bartok makes use of the Fibonacci sequence and how both composers were able to produce such a wide range of colour and mood within their music.
Saturday 24 February Camille Morana, Solo Violin recital, Wallingford Parish Church
Camille Morana performed as part of the Winter Recitals in Wallingford accompanied by Anita D’Attellis on the piano. Camille performed magnificently and the audience extremely appreciative of her high standard or musicianship. It is also good to be able to report that Camille has secured a place on the degree course at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music. Well done Camille!