We currently have eight students who represent Wycliffe in county-level music. This year, the Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra and the Gloucestershire Youth Choir reached the final round of the Music for Youth Festival, which gained them a performance slot in the Music for Youth Proms. On Monday 14th November, seven Wycliffe musicians (Seva Bilous, Jeremy Burne, Beth Hiatt, Fenella Purkess, Tillie Graham, Eloise Davies and Milly Wagstaff) travelled to London to perform in one of the Music for Youth Prom Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. The students had a busy day of rehearsals culminating in a spectacular evening concert featuring some of the best musicians in the country. Our musicians collaborated with 600 other students from Gloucestershire, Somerset and South Gloucestershire to perform a newly commissioned piece honouring the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The concert concluded with a massed ensemble performance of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’. Performing at the Royal Albert Hall was a very special experience for our students and one they will remember for many years to come.
Frances Friend successfully auditioned for the role of Co-principal of the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra for their 2016-2017 season. This is a remarkable achievement – well done Frances!