Richard Lander School students are performing at the Royal Albert Hall not once, but twice, in November!
In addition Mr Russell Pascoe’s secular Requiem is being performed in the Cadogan Hall.
On November 2nd, Changing Voices choir will join male singers from other secondary schools in Cornwall to make up the Cambiata Boys Choir (pictured above). They will give the first ever performance of “Kernow Bys Vyken”, which has been specially written for the occasion by Richard Lander School’s own Mr Russell Pascoe.
Mr Pascoe said: “This is going to be, emotionally, one of the trickiest days of my life. The 3 Spires Choir are travelling to London to perform my secular Requiem in the Codogan Hall at the same time as my lads are performing in the Royal Albert Hall. I plan to taxi between the 2! Our lads have worked extremely hard for their performance and I know they will wow the audience with their professionalism and enthusiasm.”
On November 13th at 7:00 pm, the school Jazz Band (pictured below) and Recorder Group will perform at the Last Night of the School’s Proms. 640 students are travelling up from Cornwall to perform a piece specially written for the occasion by Joe Broughton, who has worked with Music for Youth. The piece is known as Co-Create Cornwall , although it may be renamed. The piece has 5 sections and aims to capture the spirit of Cornwall, it opens with dramatic movement which portrays the dark stormy side of the sea and then moves on to the second section, “Fisherman’s Prayer” which features the Richard Lander School Recorder Group – 8 students and their teacher Mrs Whomersley – playing on their own, in a floodlit box above the audience and the stage. The Recorder Group will play a range of recorders from commonly used Descants to a Contra-bass which is around 6 foot long. For the Jazz Band members, this occasion offers the opportunity to play in a huge orchestra in a world famous venue. For instance, our solo Euphonium player will play with 19 others. A DVD will be made of the occasion.
Mrs Whomersley said:
“This is an amazing opportunity for our students to experience performing in a world class venue, it has involved a lot of hard work, not least as the students have had to learn all of their parts by heart. We are also really looking forward to playing with 640 other musicians.”