Aerial shot of students holding outstanding sign



the royal albert hall

Orchestral Manoeuvres

Music students have enjoyed three fantastic trips this term. The first trip was to attend the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 70th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall where they were treated to performances of William Tell Overture by Rossini, Piano Concerto in A minor by Robert Schumann, Violin Concerto No. 1 by Bruch and the Firebird Suite by Stravinsky. A2 Music student Eoghan McCarthy said ‘The concert was so enjoyable due to the varied programme of contrasting pieces. The Royal Albert Hall is a beautiful venue with incredible acoustics and it was very exciting to see such a prestigious orchestra perform there’. 

The second trip was also to attend the Royal Albert Hall to see the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform but this time it was their ‘Best of Broadway’ concert.  The exciting programme included performances of songs from hit musicals including Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, Oliver, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Chicago, Wicked, Evita and Phantom of The Opera. Students were awestruck by the incredible vocal performances and powerful sound created by such a large orchestra. Everyone was up on their feet dancing to a Mama Mia! medley by the end of the evening. A2 Music student Matt Fifield said ‘I really enjoyed seeing so many well-known classics being performed. We were all singing along to the songs we knew and enjoyed hearing works we hadn’t heard before. Thanks to the Music department for organising such a great trip!’.

The third trip was to attend St Luke’s to see the London Symphony Orchestra perform Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor and Mozart’s Piano Sonata in Bb. These are AS and A2 Music set works that students have been studying in lessons. As well as being able to hear these iconic works being performed by top professional musicians, students were also given a lecture on the musical features in each work. A2 Music student Hannah Hay said ‘It was a truly eye opening trip. It taught us all the important analytical features of my favourite set work and it was amazing to see it be performed live’.