News

25 May
2018

Northfield Festival of Music and Speech

There were a number of successes for our pupils during the Northfield Festival of Music and Speech which took place on 11th and 12th May.

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14 May
2018

16-Year-Old Pianist Lauren Zhang Wins BBC Young Musician 2018

16-year-old pianist Lauren Zhang from Birmingham has been named the winner of BBC Young Musician 2018. The Grand Final of BBC Young Musician 2018 took place today (Sunday 13 May) at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

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11 May
2018

Middle School Production— Blue Stockings

On 2nd and 3rd May, 27 KEHS and KES students performed in the Middle School Production of 'Blue Stockings' an interesting and thought provoking play which raises the question of women's rights to education and the historical need for women to choose love or knowledge. In a world where some women and girls still ...

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11 May
2018

BBC Young Musician 2018

​Huge congratulations to Lauran in U5H who was revealed as the Keyboard Category winner of this year’s BBC Young Musician when the Keyboard Final was televised last Friday. As a result of winning the category, Lauren will go on to compete in the Semi-Final of the whole competition....

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04 May
2018

Wicked at the Birmingham Hippodrome

On Wednesday 25th April, music students from the Upper Fourth to the Lower Sixth visited Birmingham Hippodrome to watch the spectacular musical Wicked. It is safe to say that everyone, teachers included, enjoyed the evening greatly and were pleasantly surprised by the moving story and melodious voice of the singers.

04 May
2018

Lunchtime Recital

We are nearing the end of our 2017-2018 series of Lunchtime Recitals. Yesterday’s featured Jieyi (flute) and Ivy (violin), both of whom stunned the audience with their virtuoso performances. Jieyi opened the recital with Albert Franz Doppler’s Fantasie Pastorale Hongroise, performing with energy and flair ...

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30 Apr
2018

Spanish Exchange to Cordoba

During the Easter holidays, members of the Lower Fifth and the Sixth Form spent a week in Córdoba, southern Spain. Living with Spanish families, they were able to experience Spanish culture first-hand, as well as practise their Spanish, aided by intensive language lessons in the morning with teachers...

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30 Apr
2018

Symphony Hall Summer Concert 2018

​On Monday 23rd April, nearly 400 musicians from KEHS and KES took part in our Summer Concert which is held biannually in Symphony Hall, Birmingham. We spent the afternoon rehearsing, and then the concert opened with Handel’s The King Shall Rejoice, performed by a Massed Choir of over 200 pupils

23 Apr
2018

Naomi's Music Success

Congratulations to Naomi, in the Upper Fifth, for achieving first place in the Chopin and Impressionism classes, as well as winning the overall trophy for piano at the Newcastle-under-Lyme Festival for Music, Speech and Drama on 23rd and 24th March!​

23 Mar
2018

Student Finance Information Talk

​On Monday, we welcomed Marc Alner from Loughborough University’s student recruitment team to talk about Student Finance. Marc broke down the different areas, speaking about tuition fees and the student loan, and talking through the process of obtaining finance.

23 Mar
2018

Dance Production 2018

​This week, the RPAC has seen the colourful extravaganza that is the annual Dance Production. Over 140 girls took part in ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’ from Thirds right up to the Upper Sixth. The show started with the excitement of life as a child and progressed through the highs and lows of growing up.

16 Mar
2018

Choral and Orchestral Concerts

The Ruddock Hall was the setting for our annual Choral and Orchestral Concerts last weekend. On Sunday 11th March, following a rousing start by Symphony Orchestra, Daniel took to the stage, wowing the audience with a stunning performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

09 Mar
2018

Instrumental Evening: Piano and Vocal

​The Instrumental Evening on Monday 5th March in the Ruddock Hall featured piano and vocal solos from pupils in both schools. Alisha, Farzeen, Mia, Anushka, Lucia and Jieyi all sang expressively, accompanied by Miss Sanders, while Naina, Bronagh and Natalie performed piano solos.

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06 Mar
2018

Old Edwardian’s Crowdfunding Initiative

Old Edwardian Hiba Abuelgasim (Class of 2015), is a member of the oldest student acapella group in the UK, the Oxford Alternotives! Formed in 1993 as an alternative to the traditional Oxford choirs, the Alternotives consists of students from colleges across the university, from Brasenose, to Christchurch...

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06 Mar
2018

Lower Fourth Visit to Sleeping Beauty Ballet

​On Thursday 15th February, Lower Fourth students went on a trip to the Hippodrome to see Birmingham Royal Ballet’s ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ to support our topic, ‘Music for Dance.’ The music which accompanied the ballet was written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky...

06 Mar
2018

Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform

Congratulations to pianist Naomi (U5K) who had huge success at the Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform last weekend. The competition is open to instrumentalists aged 14-17, and Naomi won first prize in the Senior Section of the competition.​

06 Mar
2018

Lunchtime Recital

Isabel, Naomi and Melissa all performed to a very high standard in last week’s lunchtime recital in the Ruddock Hall. Isabel, accompanied by Peter Bridle, gave an exciting rendition of the Allegro moderato from Schubert’s Sonata in A minor.

06 Mar
2018

Violin Success!

Congratulations to Samantha in U4E who has been awarded a Diploma in Music Performance on the violin from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

06 Mar
2018

Instrumental Evening

Last week’s Instrumental Evening featured Woodwind and Brass players from both schools. Chloë, Lucy and Abigail opened the concert as part of the Recorder Ensemble and there followed solo performances by Rosie, Tara, Jiali, Saffron, Chloe, Lucy, Gauri and Grace.

26 Feb
2018

Performers' Platform

​This term’s Performers’ Platform featured two chamber ensembles as well as several solo items. Rhea (oboe), Lydia (oboe) and Nikita (bassoon), with supporting continuo from Nathan, opened the evening with a Trio Sonata by Zelenka.

26 Feb
2018

Instrumental Evening: Strings

​Training String Orchestra, conducted by Michelle Sanders, began this week’s Instrumental Evening by showcasing some traditional music from the British Isles; The Bells of Aberdyfi and The Star of County Down. They played with gusto and it was a real celebration of their term’s work.

09 Feb
2018

Intercollegiate National Piano Trio Competition

​Congratulations to Lauren and Alice whose piano trio came third in the Intercollegiate National Piano Trio Competition which was held on Sunday 4th February at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

09 Feb
2018

Lunchtime Recital

​Rhea, Renee and Lauren performed in yesterday’s well-attended lunchtime recital in the Ruddock Hall. Rhea (accompanied by Miss Sanders) displayed brilliant technical versatility in her renditions of Bozza’s Burlesque and the final movement of Saint-Saëns’ Sonata for Bassoon and Piano.

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05 Feb
2018

Spanish Theatre Trip

On Monday 29th January, GCSE Spanish students, accompanied by Señora Atkins and Señorita Rixon, travelled to Solihull School to watch a play by Firewalk Theatre. The Spanish novella 'Lazarillo de Tormes' was published anonymously in 1554, and follows the life of Lázaro, a pícaro.