Rave Reviews For Composer Gabby

Thursday 7th July 2016

On Friday 1 July, a piece of music, written by U6 student Gabrielle Woodward, premiered at a special 100th year anniversary concert commemorating The Battle of Jutland and The Battle of the Somme in London.

Gabby, who attended the concert with her family, shares with us some fantastic reviews following the concert including reviews from Mr Mike Batt, the composer of “The Wombles” and the Conductor/Director of Dockland Sinfonia, Spencer Down.

“Mike Batt tweeted me (Gabby) about the event and I have been told that it moved so many audience members that the orchestra is perhaps looking to perform the piece again and also is interested in premiering any other orchestral piece I write in the future.”

“On behalf of the whole orchestra, I wanted to say how much we all enjoyed performing your wonderful piece. Many of the players and audience commented that the piece really touched them. We had a lot of people moved to tears by the music. Many said how utterly amazed they were that you could compose such a beautiful piece at such a young age. Thank you!” From the Conductor/Director of Dockland Sinfonia, Spencer Down.



U6 Leaver Gabby, who was awarded the Founders Cup for exceptional work in Music at the school’s annual Speech Day and Prize Giving the following day, summed up the evening in her own words:

“Such a memorable evening last night, hearing my new work ‘Jutland, Lest We Forget’ performed by the Dockland Sinfonia Orchestra and introduced by Lord Admiral Lord West. I am completely overwhelmed by the audiences’ feedback, with some of my family and friends in tears. One of my favourite comments on my piece was from a small girl who told me she thought my piece was effective in creating the battle scene because “it was as if the boat was at the back of the concert hall”. I am feeling incredibly honoured to have been involved in such a moving event.”


Gabby’s work at the concert also features in an article written by the BBC Music Magazine – click here to read the article