An exciting new collaboration has been created between Christ’s Hospital School and the London-based English Chamber Orchestra. The ECO is one of the finest professional orchestras in the country and one of the most recorded in the world. Their catalogue includes the famous cycles of Mozart piano concertos with Daniel Barenboim and Murray Perahia. The orchestra has also established an outreach programme, Close Encounters, to share music and build relationships with schools and communities in the UK and abroad.
Christ’s Hospital was founded by Edward VI in 1552 to take the poor children from the streets of London and provide shelter and education for them, principles which endure to this day. Inspired by the CH mission to offer the finest educational opportunities to young people from all backgrounds, former pupil Fabio Sarlo (ECO’s Orchestra Manager) and Alex Hodgkinson (Director of Music at CH) have worked together to plan a two-day ‘residency’ in March 2019, allowing Christ’s Hospital pupils to benefit directly from the expertise, experience, enthusiasm of the visiting ECO players.
The musicians will fulfil several roles during their time at CH: they will give one-to-one lessons to senior pupils, including the concerto soloists; they will lead rehearsals with the Symphony Orchestra, allowing the pupil musicians to hear a new voice and offering them a new way to think about the music they are playing; and they will play side-by-side with pupils in the school Symphony Orchestra in the Angus Ross Gala Concert. This concert, which will take place at Christ’s Hospital on Sunday 24 March 2019, will feature a varied programme, including music by Copland, Brahms, Vivaldi, Michael Nyman, and conclude with an abridged performance of Handel’s evergreen Messiah, featuring Christ’s Hospital Chapel Choir, Choral Society, and the CH Sinfonia. Tickets are available from the Christ’s Hospital Box Office.
Picture: CH instrumentalists with Alex Hodgkinson (Director of Music), Simon Reid (Headmaster), and Fabio Sarlo (Orchestra Manager, ECO).