Elmhurst School for Boys

11th April 2013

Music has seen an enormous amount of activity this term.

The Junior and Infant Choirs took part in the Coulsdon and Purley Festival where they performed really well.

We were very lucky to be invited to be part of the Whiftgift “Heart of Darkness” project. This involved members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra visiting the school to run a full day’s music workshop. A few days later the boys involved visited Whitgift School to attend another day’s workshop, which culminated with a concert to parents at the end of the day.

The “Heart of Darkness” is written by an Old Elmhurstian, Tariq O’Regan and there boys were delighted to see him at Whitgift on the day of the second workshop and concert. The boys were also watched by Royalty that day! Prince Andrew was visiting Whitgift and spent over an hour watching the rehearsals and talking to the boys.

This was a truly unique event and the boys were incredibly lucky to take part and we are enormously grateful to both the Royal Philharmonic and to Whitgift School for making such an uplifting occasion possible.

In addition to all of this our congratulations go to Purav Menon (4C) who is taking part in the English National Opera’s performance of “Wozzeck” by Berg. Performances start on 11th May.

Finally news of one of our boys who went to Trinity last year, Daniel Giffin, not only has he performed at the Royal Albert Hall this year, he will be performing at this years Glyndebourne Festival in “Falstaff” by Verdi.

Croydon and Purley Festival

On Saturday 2nd March I went to an energetic event, ‘The Coulsdon and Purley Festival’. I was really nervous! We came in second place and Hazelwood came 3rd place. We were so happy but tired, I nearly fell asleep right there! We had a big sing along with Camelot and Bad Baron. It was for both Junior and Infant choirs. We saw lots of people and I enjoyed it a lot!
By Abhiram 3H

Heart of Darkness Project

On Wednesday 13th March I was privileged enough to spend the whole day writing music and playing it. We did it with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. I found my part on the clarinet really challenging. At 3 o’clock we performed to the school and everyone praised us. I really enjoyed it!
By Pablo Koko 4D

The Royal Philharmonic orchestra came to school on Wednesday 13th March and played wonderfully. Some of the Elmhurst and Whitgift boys practised all day with them, writing their own words and music in the fabulous project ‘Heart of Darkness’. There was beautiful singing, a perfect orchestra and a calming woodwinds section. The first song was about destroying the world and crushing people’s hopes. The next song was about travelling on a fun but calming train ride. You could feel the strong vibrations on the floor as the woodwind section played loud and clear.
By Aman De Silva4C

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