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CBSO Concerts Trips 2015/16

We have got tickets for four brilliant concerts this year. See below for details. You can book as many as you want on the booking form below, which you need to print off and take to registry with a payment:

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Thursday 1st October Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture

Mozart – Piano Concerto in Eb, K 271

Sibelius – Symphony No. 5

CBSO / Edward Gardner / Lars Vogt
Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 is one of his most popular masterpieces. The famous horn tune at the end is magical, but even more so is the way the whole symphony builds to this moment. Brilliant young German pianist Lars Vogt is playing Mozart’s sparkling little Piano Concerto in Eb, before which Gardner is conducting Mendelssohn’s well-known depiction of a sea trip off Scotland.
Wednesday 11th November Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin

Shostakovich – Piano Concerto No. 2

Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 1

CBSO / Ben Gernon / Anna Vinnitskaya
Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony is his first really significant work and in it he aimed to depict a series of wintery scenes. Shostakovich’s second piano concerto is one of his most cheerful and popular works. It was written as a 19th birthday present for his son Maxim and packs in an impressive amount of sparkling piano fireworks into its twenty minutes. Ravel’s Le Tombeau was written in homage to the Baroque composer Couperin and presents a Baroque suite spiced up with a sprinkling of twentieth century chromaticism and dissonance.
Wednesday 27th January Haydn – Symphony No. 92

Symanowsky – Violin Concerto

Brahms – Symphony No. 4

CBSO / Lahav Shani / Nicola Benedetti
The highlight of this concerto should be the fabulous Nicola Benedetti playing Symamowsky’s colourful abnd fantastical violin concerto, but Brahms’s Fourth Symphony is an undoubted masterpiece, particularly the majestic fourth movement and Haydn’s joyous 92nd Symphony should put you in a good mood from the start!
Wednesday 9th March Borodin – Polotsvian Dances

Golijov – Azul

Shostakovich – Symphony No. 15

CBSO / Alpesh Chauhan / Eduardo Vassalo
Shostakovich’s last symphony starts of in a light-hearted vein but unlike the Piano concerto from the November concert, there are many more dark moments in this intriguing and moving work.  At the other end of the spectrum is Borodin’s famous set of pieces from his opera Prince Igor, which evoke exotic Russian dances. In the middle of this Russian sandwich is a UK premier of a cello concerto by Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov, which is inspired by the Baroque concerto tradition.

Post Mock Workshops and Retakes (TAP)

If you got less than a B in any of the anthology questions you will be required to attend workshops as follows. If you are unable, please contact me in advance to arrange an alternative.

Tuesday 3rd February at 1.15 – Context Question (Part B3ai) Workshop

Thursday 5th February at 1.15 – AS Comparison Question (Part B3aii) Workshop

Thursday 5th February at 11.30 A2 Applied Question Workshop

Tuesday 10th February at 1.15 – AS Context AND Comparison Question RETAKES

Wednesday 11th February at 11:30 – A2 Applied Question RETAKES


January Mock Exam Timetable

The timetable for the mock exams will help you optimise your preparation:

Mock Timetable January 2014-15

AS Performance Mocks this week

Please make sure you know when your rehearsal and recording are: AS Unit 1 Exam Schedule

Availability of Music Rooms for using Sibelius

The Music Room (upstairs) is available for private study at the following times:

Monday               10.00-12.45

Tuesday              14.10-15.05

Wednesday        08.45-10.00

Friday                  08.45-10.00; 14.10-15.05

In addition you are welcome to work quietly on compositions at the side of the room but not at the following times:

Wednesday        10.00-11.15

Thursday             10.00-12.45

Friday                  10.00-11.15

The Study room is available for private study except for at the following times.

Wednesday        10.00-11.15

Thursday             10.00-12.45

Friday                  10.00-11.15

Music Enrichment Update

  • Choir (Tuesday 10.00), Chamber Choir (Friday 14.10), Wind Band (Monday 15.05) and Orchestra (Wednesday 08:45) are now up and running
  • There is a meeting NEXT Monday at 12:50 for all those interested in smaller Classical chamber groups (please email me if you cannot come)
  • Iain will be emailing about Year 12 Band auditions later this week
  • Folk Group and other student-led enrichment groups are finishing auditions this week and will soon be up and running

Any question email tom.pankhurst@kedst.ac.uk or come and see Tom up in the music office



See below for Music Workshop times. Those marked with an asterisk are in C4 (English block) all others are in the Music Room.





Music College Applications

There will be a short meeting about applying to music college onTuesday 8th July at 12.45 in the Music Room. If you are considering an application you MUST come to this meeting or let me know in advance because the application procedure separate from and much earlier than UCAS.

Have a look at the www.cukas.ac.uk website for more info

Explorations in Music

What is Classical Music For?

FRIDAY 8th November 12.50 – 13.10 (common time)

in the Music Room (biscuits provided)


This is the first in a series of mini lectures to amuse, stimulate discussion and to help prepare you for interviews and for university. The idea of which is to introduce some interesting and provocative ideas that you might encounter at University and that go beyond the A level syllabus. If you want to study music at Uni you should come – interviews often give an opportunity to talk more generally about your views on music.


In this lecture I am going to make four different (and contradictory) arguments as to what Classical Music is for and leave you to make up your own minds.


BBC Prom Picks

I was going to pick one prom a week that looked particularly exciting, but the programme for the next seven days is so brilliant that it is hard to know where to start, so I’ve gone for three. Follow the links – all can be heard live on the internet or radio and some are on the television too.

Sunday 14th July, 7.30

A programme of ballet music ending with Stravinsky’s revolutionary Rite of Spring played on instruments that would have been used at the time. Listen for the Bassoon straining in its top register at the beginning! The first half is four ballet excerpts from the Baroque to the late nineteenth century


Tuesday 16th July, 7.00

An old but brilliant warhorse – Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto alongside a new piece by David Matthew’s and the energetic ‘Inextinguishable’ fourth symphony by Nielsen (an early C20 Danish composer of whom I am particularly fond)


Friday 19th July, 10.00

This is an excerpt from Stockhausen’s opera Wednesday from the cycle Licht. The ‘World Parliament’ performed by Birmingham’s Ex Cathedra was the absolute highlight of a performance of this work in Birmingham last  summer. It is totally bonkers but fascinating and there are some gorgeous moment. The rest of the opera (not being done tonight) also involves helicopters and camels …


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