Our Spring Concert last night was an uplifting end to what has been a busy term for Laurence Jackson School Music Department. In February, we welcomed Russian concert pianist Yulia Vershinina, who delivered an inspirational masterclass to our keyboard players. Three of our talented pianists, Emma, Camille (both in Year 7) and Jack (Year 11) presented music by Chopin, Zilinski and Vanhal.
“My experience with Yulia was fantastic! She really helped me to improve my piece – I was able to use her useful tips in my exam last week which was great!” Emma
At the end of the session Yulia played a wonderfully evocative piece by Ravel (Oiseaux Tristes) and talked about her international career with a question and answer session at the end.
Later in the term our Choir spent a very enjoyable afternoon working on performance and presentation technique with Opera Australia’s Sarah Sweeting (pictured below). Sarah was really impressed by the standard of performance which our students were able to achieve. Pieces this term included work by Tallis and the demanding Medley from Les Miserables (arr. Ed Lojeski).
As always our Spring Concert was a resounding success with many great performances from our students (well done!) We were delighted that Sarah was able to join us together with a brass quartet from Prior Pursglove College.
Meanwhile, rehearsals for our summer production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast are in full swing and we’re really looking forward to presenting the results of our hard work in June. Tickets on sale soon – more details to follow!
We are delighted that concert pianist Yulia Vershinina will be visiting Laurence Jackson School Music Department on Thursday 1st February. Yulia will be delivering an inspirational workshop to our pianists and keyboard players as well as performing.
Born in 1989, Yulia began studying the piano in her birth town Korolev, near Moscow. When she was nine Yulia moved to Belgium, where she was taught by the Moguilevsky family and later by Maria Meerovitch and Daniel Blumenthal. At thirteen she won her first international competition and at sixteen, following another first-prize, Yulia was invited to perform at a gala concert in Carnegie Hall, New York.
Yulia has performed at many prestigious venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields, Bridgewater Hall, Hamburg Musikhalle, Grande Salle des Concerts of the Brussels Royal Conservatoire and others. She has also played in the Rising Stars concert at the 5th International Music Festival in Vianna Do Castelo, Portugal. Last year, she was invited twice to perform at Leeds College of Music as part of their International Concert Season. In May 2016, Yulia won the 1st Prize at the “Wales International Piano Competition” in Caernarfon and the following year, the 2nd Prize at the “Mark Ray Recital Prize” at the RNCM. One of the highlights of 2018 will be a performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for two pianos alongside Chiahu Lee, in the Luxembourg Philharmonie.
Yulia was awarded a full scholarship for her undergraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and in September 2017 she completed the MMus programme with distinction under the tutelage of Richard Ormrod, with generous support from the Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award and the RNCM scholarship.
Upcoming engagements will take Yulia across Europe performing a variety of repertoire including Bach, Ravel, Schubert and Schoenberg.
On Tuesday night the Music Department proudly presented the annual Laurence Jackson School Christmas Concert 2017. This year the event was attended by over two hundred visitors who gathered in the new school hall to experience seasonal music and mince pies in a wonderful end to the autumn term. As always there were some fantastic solos – a Chopin Nocturne presented by Year 11 student Jack, followed by the Stage Band debut of Harrison in Year 7 (pictured below), who played the lead saxophone solo in Careless Whisper. A lovely festive solo was provided by Anna in Year 9 who sung the classic Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, together with many other seasonal favourites performed by our impressive Singing Shed groups.
A polished and humorous performance of Baby it’s Cold Outside was provided by Y11 students Scott and Katie (pictured below) whilst the orchestra performed a number of festive items including an atmospheric rendition of The Snowman.
Our Stage Band, which included many new students, rounded the concert off brilliantly with All I Want for Christmas is You (a real crowd-pleaser!) and the Laurence Jackson School 4-part Choir continues to develop their challenging repertoire, presenting a spine-tingling performance of Adiemus by Karl Jenkins.
A big thank you to all of the students who took part and the many staff (including our instrumental teaching staff) who supported this event. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from Laurence Jackson School Music Department.
The next Laurence Jackson School Music Department concert will take place on Tuesday 27th March 2018, 7pm. Tickets (£3.50) will be available from the finance office two weeks before the event.
Our annual Christmas Concert will take place on Tuesday 19 December at 7pm. This is always a thoroughly enjoyable event which is usually attended by over two hundred visitors. A fantastic opportunity to showcase the musical talents of LJS students, this year festive items will be performed by the Orchestra, Choir, Stage Band, Singing Shed Group and Guitar Ensemble together with a number of solo items. Tickets priced at £3.50 are available from the school Finance Office and refreshments will be available at the end of the concert.
Last night 21 students from our choir took part in this year’s Guisborough Christmas Festival. Our talented students performed in St Nicholas Church which was open to parents, Christmas shoppers and those who had come to see the parade. As well as performing a number seasonal classics they also presented Adiemus from Songs of Sanctuary by Karl Jenkins which sounded excellent, especially in a building with such great acoustics. Following the performance, many in the audience expressed how impressed they were by the standard of our choir. A huge well done to all those who took part and thank you to St Nicholas Church for being such excellent hosts!
Following on from the success of our production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat we are delighted to announce that this year’s summer production will be Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Pictured are students in our talented cast, many of whom will be auditioning for leading roles in the show.
The show will run for two performances on Wednesday 20th June and Thursday 21st June 2018. Rehearsals will run initially on Wednesdays 3:00-4:15pm (full cast) and Thursdays 3:00-4:15pm (principals).