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Chamber Music Tour to Hong Kong
On a sunny April morning three Senior Music Scholars, Freddie, Kate and Amadea - clutching instruments and music - met at Heathrow to embark on the Chamber Music trip of a lifetime to Hong Kong. They were accompanied by Mr Williams, Director of Music, Xavier Iles, Assistant Director of Music and Elisabeth Anderson, Director of Development.
The party arrived in Hong Kong at 7.00am on Monday morning ready to tackle the Hong Kong rush hour with only 12 hours until the three jet-lagged scholars would be showing off their musical skills in the first of their concerts.
During the coursework-deadline-heavy weeks leading up to the trip, the pupils had been hard at work rehearsing the Brahms and Koechlin Horn Trios. Their collective efforts paid off in two stunning concerts at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and the plush surroundings of the Eaton Club.
Among the many musical highlights were Freddie’s poised performance of Shulbrede by Parry (piano solo), Amadea’s bold interpretation of Morceau De Concert by Saint Saens (French Horn) and Kate’s storming rendition of Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro (violin). With sympathetic accompaniments provided by Mr Iles, current and prospective pupils, and former pupils, were thrilled to hear such a high-level of music-making. Many new friendships and connections were forged with that special group of Bryanston supporters who remain in our thoughts even though they are 6,000 miles away. We are especially grateful to those parents who so generously supported the tour.
Alongside the full schedule of receptions, concerts and auditions, the pupils were also able to enjoy the Peak tram, new culinary experiences, a trip around the harbour on the legendary Star Ferry and a visit to Stanley market.
For the staff, the undoubted highlight was seeing the pupils relish taking responsibility for their music-making, developing their leadership skills and acting as outstanding ambassadors for the school. They repaid the trust that had been placed in them in spades and were tremendously good company.