Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

Year 10 Music Trip to London

Year 10 Music Trip to London

Our Year 10 Music students were treated to a diverse range of concerts in London last weekend, as a way of broadening their studies in GCSE Music. The trip kicked off with a superb production of Cole Porter's "High Society", performed in the round at the Old Vic. The performance contained all the usual elements of a musical, but this was extra special in the way the characters used the space, with pianos rising from beneath the stage! Saturday saw an action-packed day beginning with a visit to the Handel House Museum in Mayfair; our students found seeing where Handel lived and worked a truly worthwhile experience. In the afternoon we were treated to a rare performance of Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush", accompanied live by the St Paul's Orchestra playing Chaplin's own score. This was the first time our students has seen a silent film, and the orchestra provided a skilful backing throughout. The busy day of events finished with a stunning chamber concert at the Wigmore Hall, which featured not only Mendelssohn's Octet and Copland's Appalachian Spring, but also a world premiere: the first ever female Master of the Queen's Music, Judith Weir's "Good Morning, Midnight" performed by soprano and chamber ensemble. Our Year 10 students experienced three fascinating concerts and a visit to a museum each to inspire and enhance their own learning and enjoyment of their studies back in school.