A number of performances will take place this week. Lunchtime events are a Piano Chamber Ensemble Concert (music for piano strings & woodwind) in the Holst Room (1.05pm), Recorder Department Concert in Room B08 (1.10pm) and a Piano Faculty in Room B05 (1.05pm).
In Notre Dame Hall the SSA Choir will perform at 2.30pm and the Stagecraft Group at 3.30pm.
There will be many more performances throughout the day on Saturday 7th December, the last day of the Autumn Term – details here next week.
Members of the CYM Chamber Choir will be taking part in the world premiere of Masada by Derek Rodgers at the recently opened Milton Court Concert Hall in the Barbican at 6.00pm on 7th December. Tickets are available from the Barbican Box Office – 020 7638 8891 (www.barbican.org.uk).
This is a great opportunity for prospective students and Parents/Carers to visit the Saturday Centre and, as part of a guided tour, drop in on ensemble rehearsals, classes, choirs, meet staff and current students, have a drink and a snack with other parents, and get a real flavour of what is on offer.
Arrive at Morley College from 9:15am for a start at 9:30am prompt.
Open Day begins at Morley College with visits to 2 other nearby Saturday venues. Parents/Carers and prospective students are encouraged to stay on after the tour, to attend lunchtime concerts and late afternoon advanced ensembles.
Please email to confirm your attendance at email@example.com or call 020 7928 3844.
Auditions for September 2014 entry will be held at the end of the Spring Term and applications can be completed from the CYM website or requested from the CYM office.
The London Schools Symphony Orchestra (LSSO) is one of the most potent symbols of the talents and achievements of London’s youth. Under the artistic guidance of Peter Ash, the orchestra continues to go from strength to strength, attracting generous tributes and ecstatic reviews. Now in its 62nd season, it continues to offer young people the opportunity to study and perform major symphonic repertoire under the guidance of some of the finest professional musicians in the world. Many of its players have gone on to distinguished musical careers all over the world.
The LSSO presents three Barbican concerts every year in January, April and September. These are preceded by intensive rehearsals during the school holidays. Sectional rehearsals are coached by leading players from London’s major orchestras and ensembles.
The LSSO’s distinguished guest conductors have included Sir Colin Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Simon Rattle, Richard Armstrong, Tamás Vásáry, and Leif Sagerstam. Concerts also feature talented instrumental soloists and singers.
The LSSO’s programmes are selected from the whole range of orchestral repertoire, from Handel and Rameau through to contemporary works commissioned by the orchestra.
In addition to appearing at the Barbican Centre, the Royal Albert Hall and other leading concert venues, the orchestra is also a significant ambassador for Britain abroad. It tours regularly throughout Europe, and as far afield as Japan and Argentina.
Peter Ash – Artistic Director
Peter Ash was born in Iowa, USA and studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London. As conductor, he has worked with many major orchestras in Europe and America, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, St Petersburg Camerata, Kammerphilharmonie Berlin, Estonian State Symphony and the National Orchestra of Latvia. Opera work includes Los Angeles Opera, Lisbon Opera, Istanbul State Opera and English Bach Festival. His taste is eclectic and ranges from baroque opera to contemporary music. The Hungarian Cultural Centre recently awarded him their Bartók prize for his performances of the composer’s music and in particular for a performance of Duke Bluebeard’s Castle. Career highlights include the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s opera Fantastic Mr. Fox for the Los Angeles Opera, several premieres at the Salzburg Festival with Scharoun Ensemble (members of the Berlin Philharmonic), three Haydn operas at Garsington Opera (UK), and The Minpins – his own arrangement of orchestral music by Sibelius in St. Petersburg.
He has also composed two operas. Keepers of the Night, was first presented by the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus in 2007. There, it was lauded by Alan Rich in Variety for its “charm, sophistication and deep beauty… a series of ensembles of truly bewitching complex harmonies.” His most recent opera, The Golden Ticket, based on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was premiered by Opera Theatre St Louis in June 2010 to enthusiastic acclaim. The critic of Opera Today praised Ash’s “unique aural palette,” while the Chicago Tribune described the show as “deliciously droll … an artful blend of simplicity and sophistication.” Further performances followed at the Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland (October 2010) and then in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA, where Ash conducted. A recording based on these performances was released in November 2012. He is currently developing his third opera project.
Ash resides in London where he is Artistic Director of the London Schools Symphony Orchestra. He has led the orchestra for over ten years and taken them on tour all over Europe, as well as to Turkey and Japan.