13 string players from Anglo European partipated in a masterclass with Nicola Benedetti and Ben Gernon at Saffron Hall on the 16th November. Musicians explored Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, 2nd Movement and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending. By joining forces with over 80 secondary school students and conductor Ben Gernon on stage, our young musicians were able to feel the pure excitement and power of playing with a full orchestra. Nicola and Ben’s expertise enabled Anglo’s string players to expand their understanding of these two pieces and how differently they can be interpreted and they also offered advice on technique and bow tension.
Jon Gordon, Head of Music, said “This was a fantastic opportunity for some of Anglo’s string players and I’m sure that they enjoyed their experience. Ex-student, Lois Brisley, also joined the orchestra and participated in the advance string ensemble masterclass in the afternoon. Lois is currently taking a year out and intends to apply to study music and creative writing at university.”
Music continues to grow at Anglo and forthcoming concerts include the Winter Arts Festival and the Christmas concert.