MUSIC

We celebrate all genres of music and encourage pupils to learn and to be involved with making music. Our music teachers enable pupils to develop their skills within the school timetable and as a co-curricular activity. We make full use of our location near the Royal College of Music and the Royal Albert Hall.

What better way for our pupils to gain a greater depth of musical knowledge and understanding than to support the events of The Royal College of Music. Just a stone’s throw away from Kensington Park School, this world-renowned institution teaches some of the nation’s most talented up-and-coming musicians.

Concerts

From the Autumn Term 2017, KPS pupils will be invited to attend a music series run by the Royal College of Music which is open to pupils, staff and the community. This eclectic programme extends beyond the academic timetable adding a wealth of musical opulence to the school’s co-curricular activities.

A number of seats are available to KPS pupils for performances in the Amaryllis Fleming concert hall in the RCM as well as in two beautiful South Kensington establishments: the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum and St Stephen’s Church. Concerts start times vary from 5.30 to 6.30pm. Entry is free of charge, unless otherwise stated.

KPS boarders may also freely attend the Royal Albert Hall’s Classical Coffee Mornings at 11.00am featuring recitals by the RCM’s very best performers.

So, whether it be music to inspire the up-and-coming musician, an opportunity to unwind after a day of studying or simply for those who appreciate good music from the next generation of leading musicians, KPS Music offers something for everyone.

Whilst the Autumn schedule has yet to be announced, here are just some of the RCM concerts that featured in their summer series:

GREAT EXHIBITIONISTS SONDER

Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall
Combining contemporary dance and music, Sonder is a response to current political and world events in an open-ended and peaceful way.

TIPPETT AND BEETHOVEN V

Britten Theatre
Exploring RCM alumnus Sir Michael Tippett’s enduring fascination with Beethoven. Lyrical and sorrowful, Tippett’s last string quartet accompanies Beethoven’s highly charged yet intimate Serioso Quartet.

BARTÓK SONATA FOR TWO PIANOS AND PERCUSSION

Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

RCM musicians perform Bartók’s exhilarating sonata for two pianists and two percussionists, who play seven percussion instruments between them. Similarly scored for two pianos and two vibraphones, Steve Reich’s complex Quartet calls for a high level of ensemble virtuosity.

RCM STUDENTS’ FILM ORCHESTRA

Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

The RCM Students’ Film Orchestra returns for a programme of music filled with action and danger from cinema’s greatest battles and times of war, including scores from The Lord of the Rings and The Last Samurai.
Presented by the RCM Students’ Union.

 

Lecture Series

In addition to the concerts, KPS pupils are encouraged to further their knowledge by attending a stimulating range of RCM talks and presentations delivered by specialists from across the music profession. 

Lectures from the summer series include:

MUSIC AND IDEAS: SINGING MONTEVERDI

East Parry Room

This year marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of Claudio Monteverdi, one of the most innovative composers for the voice in his era. In this session RCM professors Mark Tucker and Richard Wistreich share their considerable experience of both performing and researching Monteverdi, reflecting on the music from historical and contemporary perspectives.

MUSIC AND IDEAS: IS MUSIC A LANGUAGE?

Recital Hall

Drawing on her activities as a music journalist and critic, Caroline Gill interrogates the often elusive relationship between words and music. Can we identify meaning in music, or should we let the music speak for itself?

 

 

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