Classical Hits the Album Chart

January 23rd, 2020 | School News Vital Art

Student Engagement with Classical Music

Thanks to the support of Vital Art we have been able to offer our students musical experiences with some of the world’s leading young classical performers. Our students enjoy the time with these musicians. They watch the musicians rehearse, talk about the performance as well as life as a professional musician.

Concerts at Writhlington School

We are fortunate to also provide an evening performance at Writhlington which makes use of the wonderful acoustics in our atrium. Intended to benefit our students and their families, these intimate performances are also available to the general public. People who are eligible can join the Vital Art club, they can then attend concerts for £1 per ticket. Nowhere offers such affordable tickets where you can sit so close to the musicians.

So far we have welcomed several exceptional talents:

  • Ben Goldscheider (French horn)
  • Richard Uttley (piano)
  • Tabea Debus (Recorder)
  • Alex McCartney (lute/theorbo)
  • Jonathan Rees (viol)
  • Briamah Kanneh-Mason (violin)
  • Konya Kanneh-Mason (piano) 

Staff are also enjoying the opportunity to watch these wonderful performances. For some staff this is their first exploration into the genre. So far we have listened to music from the renaissance, baroque, classical and contemporary eras, and there remains so much more to explore.

Classical Music Reaches No 8 in the Album Chart

Although classical covers a vast range of music it is often seen by young people as old fashioned or music for old people. So it is great to see that Skeku Kanneh-Mason’s recently released classical album, Elgar, entered the Top 10 Album chart this week at number 8. Skeku played the cello at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. He is also the elder brother of Briamah and Konya Kanneh-Mason who will return to Writhlington School in July. In a recent interview with the Radio Times Skeku mentioned that he would like to work with Stormzy. That sounds as though it would be an interesting collaboration. Would Vital Art be able to arrange a performance at Writhlington School?

Next Performance at Writhlington

The next Vital Art performance is on Tuesday 28 January at 6.30. We look forward to welcoming violinist Benjamin Baker and pianist Daniel Lebhardt to our school. Tickets are currently on sale, Vital Art members £1, non-members £12 on the door. Please click on the link below for more information.

Benjamin Baker and Daniel Lebhardt