Girls perform at Worcester Cathedral
MSJ singers were part of a collaborative performance of Karl Jenkins’ powerful and popular work The Armed Man staged at Worcester Cathedral on 30 September.
24 of our girls formed a core part of the 200 voice choir made up of students from Worcestershire schools and colleges. Accompanied by the Orchestra of the Swan, the concert was staged to mark the centenary of the Great War. Neil Ferris, Chorus Director of the BBC Symphony Chorus, conducted the performance which included the screening of international award-winning photographs from the major exhibition, 'Fields of Battle - Lands of Peace 14/18'.
Girls had been rehearsing for the performance since January and the evening was truly memorable. Much positive feedback has been received following this event and the girls were excited to be part of such an important occasion.
Lucy Miller, Director of Music at MSJ said: “This has been the most amazing opportunity for the girls to perform alongside a professional orchestra in the impressive surroundings of Worcester cathedral. It is an experience they will remember forever.”
Here are just a few of the comments from some of our girls who took part in this concert:
“Singing with a full orchestra amongst a 200 piece choir and also listening to a previous young musician of the year performing Elgar’s cello concerto in E Minor, provided an unforgettable experience, especially combined with the subject matter. All the girls, as well as the choir, gave an outstanding performance, despite the long day of rehearsals and challenging material, to receive a standing ovation.” Lara Maylor-Wrout, Year 12, Sixth Form Music Scholar
“I have really enjoyed the experience of learning new music and performing at a concert because I have never done this before. I enjoyed performing in a concert that was dedicated to such an important part of our history, and being able to honour the memory of the people who died in the First World War.” Emily Cox, Year 10
The concert also included Elgar's iconic cello concerto, composed in 1919 during the aftermath of the First World War, played by former BBC Young Musician Winner, Laura van der Heijden.