Throughout the Music A Level, students are encouraged to attend as many concerts as possible in order to broaden their musical experience by listening to a range of musical styles and genres.
Last year we took our students to the Coliseum in London to watch the English National Opera’s production of La Bohème by Puccini and this year we returned to watch The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. We also attended orchestral concerts and arranged to watch the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform a concert of Brahms, Debussy and Mahler.
These concerts help students with the Listening and Understanding unit of their A Level, which will amount to 40% of their final grade. Employing their analytical skills and critical faculties on a regular basis will help them enormously. For the first time this year, students have been invited to compose a choral work for the East Malling Singers. Their work will be judged and assessed by Andrew Larner and Benjamin Rous, who are both professional conductors and composers.
Annual events include our Christmas Carol Concert at St Stephen’s Church in Tonbridge and our ‘Stars in their Eyes’ concerts (which this year will take place on the 7th and 9th February 2012). This is always a highlight with our students as it is their chance to work with a professional sound and lighting team at the Angel Centre in Tonbridge.