the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
Busy Term Ahead for Music Department
04 September 2015
After a busy summer undertaking vital renovation work and preparing for the eagerly-anticipated production of 'Les Mis', the Autumn Term promises to be just as action-packed
for the School's Music department.
Upgraded Concert Pianos & Piano Duo Recital:
At the end of the Summer Term EHS sent its model B Steinway concert to Steinway and Sons in London to have major renovations carried out.
The piano is over fifty years old and the extensive rebuild will bring it back up to concert standard. At the same time the more modern Steinway model B piano, housed in the Octagon Theatre, has had a major service and is now as new.
Steinway pianos are considered to be the finest instruments available and are the choice of concert pianists across the globe and it is a great privilege for the school to have two of these world-class instruments at its disposal.
To celebrate these fantastic instruments there will be a number of special piano recitals taking place both in school time and after school. The first in this series will be given by Edgbaston High School's Director of Music, Mr Robson, and his duo partner on Wednesday 23 September at 1.20pm. The programme will consist of works by Poulenc, Ravel, Gershwin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.
The event is free to students, staff and guests and there will be a retiring collection at the end of the performance for a selected charity. We hope to see you there.
Les Misérables School Edition - production update:
During the summer holidays, students involved with the school's production of Les Misérables came back in for intensive rehearsals.
The first three days focused on the many solo and small ensemble parts and having the full cast in at the end of the week allowed us to run the musical in its entirety on two occasions. For this production we have invited male students from five local schools to join us and they are really beginning to feel welcome at EHS. Despite the intensity of the rehearsals, students enjoyed the opportunity to put all the parts of the show together.
The EHS production of Les Misérables School Edition is due to open on Wednesday 11 November. Tickets will be going on sale shortly - further information to follow.