It was an extremely busy Michaelmas Term which included a Chapel Choir tour to Stowe singing the Faure Requiem and excellent ABRSM instrumental results ensued with 2 distinctions and 14 merits. New performances were procured in Chatsworth House and Darley Dale St. Helen’s Church for the Chapel Choir plus chorister Amy B successfully auditioned for the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain. Ending the term, a superb Carol Service took place abundantly displaying the ever-growing singing quality from all ages throughout the school. The music department now looks forward to a calmer Lent term.
Preparations are being made for ABRSM exams, and we will be hosting a steel pan workshop on 30th January in joint celebration of ‘Fair Trade’ day. Amidst the four informal concerts scheduled, there will also be a formal music concert in the Bakewell Church on 17th March following on from last year’s precedent set by the department.
The Junior Production of ‘Treasure Island’ will no doubt be as vibrant as last year’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ taking place during mid-March and we will be treated to a special visit from visiting London musicians Katherine Jenkinson (cello) and Ning Kam (violin) who will perform at the school before performing their evening concert in Matlock which a selection S. Anselm’s pupils will be attending.
The inaugural S. Anselm’s Piano Competition will take place on Saturday 18th April open nationwide. The competition boasts adjudication from Peter Lawson, ABRSM examiner, piano teacher at Chetham’s School of Music and contemporary keyboard specialist for the Royal Northern College of Music and aims to promote the school and facilities to the general public.