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Girls hit the high notes at choral workshop
16 June 2017
On Friday 9th June, vocal group Papagena visited EHS to give aworkshop to Year 7 as part of their Performing Arts course. Suzzie Vango, Edgbaston High School’s former Choir Master, is part of this group and she has been taking smaller workshops on rotation with Year 7 classes.
Papagena is a new vocal group set up to explore the wealth of music from medieval times to the present day written specifically for female voices. The group’s programming draws richly on traditional folk music and women’s working songs from around the world, juxtaposing these pieces with more classical repertoire from Hildegard of Bingen to Kerry Andrew and Birdy, as well as writing its own material and commissioning new arrangements and pieces from an eclectic range of composers. Last year the group undertook its first tours of Scotland and southern England, as well as giving performances in London, Oxford, the Chipping Campden Festival and the OSJ Music in the Abbey series at Dorchester Abbey. Forthcoming concerts include performances in Shropshire, London, Christchurch, Bromsgrove and at the Edinburgh Festival.
As part of the Year 7 Performing Arts Programme the girls learn about how melody works through performance and composition. The workshops have been an invaluable way of allowing the girls to experience melodic styles from around the world and where these traditions came from; during the performance workshop the group demonstrated musical traditions of African, Russia, Israel and the West, teaching the full year group sections from these songs and performing them together.
Head of Music