MUSIC IN THE DISTANCE

Mr Hemmings, Director of Music, looks over the Summer Term of music.

A term like no other, and our musicians have responded like no others could. I am so grateful to everyone who has kept music alive and kicking at PGS over the last 100+ days. Our Visiting Music Teachers who have kept the instrumental lessons running remotely have been so impressed with the dedicated and committed approach shown by pupils to these lessons. Weekly ensemble rehearsals have been maintained over the internet and vocal and instrumental groups have released recordings and videos of their work. Our cathedral choristers have maintained their rehearsal patterns and performed and recorded evensong services for the cathedral and the Royal School of Church music that were watched live by thousands of people on YouTube.

We were able to host our weekly Friday lunchtime recital series as well as live stream concerts for the Musical Theatre Evening (see below), the Open Mic Night featuring the rock bands, the jazz groups and some smaller vocal items and our Baroque Vocal Extravaganza featuring solo and duet performances. The creativity and resilience that all our musicians (both teacher and pupils) have shown has been hugely impressive. The positive and engaged approach that we have witnessed in our class music lessons has been a joy to see. I am so pleased that we have been able to maintain a creative and practical music curriculum during this time; we have all learnt new skills and new technologies including getting to grips with digital production programmes such as Soundtrap, digital notation programmes such as Noteflight, creating podcasts about music and sharing video and audio recordings of practical performances. The aural and visual results of some of this work can be viewed on the Music Department website: PGS Music please do look at this as it is a wonderful testament to the creativity of the whole PGS community and a tangible expression of the value that music plays in all of our lives.