Queenswood’s Music Ensembles Showcased
Monday 13 November 2017
Over fifty performers, from every year group in the school, joined forces with OQs and instrumental teachers to present a spectacular evening of music-making at the Autumn Concert on Wednesday 8 November.
Mr Kokkinos (Assistant Director of Music) spoke at the end of the concert, explaining the philosophy behind the Music Department's 'grass roots' approach:
'How do we train our girls from the outset? We try to find out what they excel in, what they are passionate about – is there a little skill that we can utilise?
So at tonight’s concert, you heard girls that have literally just started playing in an ensemble. We like to present ‘warts and all’ here. We don’t just pick our very best to show you. I love this inclusivity.
In our string ensemble, for example, there are girls playing in the National Youth Orchestra – one of the highest accolades for any young person in this country. But we also have girls who are just starting, at Grade 3, 4 or 5, and they are sharing the same stage.
That’s what I really admire about the ethos of this school – the fact that everybody’s prepared to put a little bit in, arrive at every rehearsal, give a little bit, and then come and play.
Thank you so much, girls, for giving your time and effort.'