St Bride's: Music - Music Scholars of James Allen's Girls' School

St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Music Scholars of James Allen's Girls' School

Friday, 1 March at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Music Scholars of James Allen's Girls' School

Jeanette Szeto – viola
Viola Farbach – violin
Ola Kiezun – cello
Betania Johnny – violin
Liliana Sierra – flute
Sydney Lo – cello
Kathryn Bowers – voice
Peter Gritton – accompanist (JAGS Director of Music)

L Vierne

Le soir

E Granados

Andaluza (Spanish Dance no.5)

W A Mozart

Adagio in E major

F Devienne

Sonata in E minor

1st movement

K Leighton

Elegy

W A Mozart

Alleluia

The performers you hear today are all Music Scholars at James Allen's Girls' School in Dulwich, South-East London. They have gained this title on entry either at 11+ or at 16+, having shown exceptional musical ability in audition. While there are expectations of a Music Scholar to lead the way through their music, the chances are that the manner in which a JAGS Music Scholar deports herself comes naturally, sharing her musical gifts with others in the school community. The standard of music-making at JAGS is high and there is tremendous enthusiasm for performing anyway, so Music Scholars are able to utilize their talents within a flourishing environment. The Scholars are often the leaders of a lively symphonic and chamber music scene at the school.

Both Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst used to be Directors of Music at JAGS; the Holst Hall has long been the spiritual centre of the school, but with the recent completion of a brand new state-of-the-art Community Music Centre and its Vaughan Williams Auditorium, it is probably the only institution to contain halls named after both composers. Musicians of the highest calibre pass through the school's precincts, honing their musical gifts within a full and rounded academic education. At entry, some girls consider applying for specialist music schools, but since JAGS operates at the cutting edge of girls' education in Britain for the brightest girls, it is capable of providing a holistic education that is regarded by many as second to none. Presently, some Music Scholars are members of the National Children's Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain; importantly in this context, the criteria for the awarding of Major Music Scholarships at JAGS is based upon the premise that, one day, the young musician might be capable of pursuing music as a career yet, with a full and edifying JAGS education under their belt, would have the choice to follow another vocation. However, some do go on to a career in Music.

The ethos of the Music Department, and indeed of the whole school, is to be ambitious and inclusive. Jazz and pop groups feature at events throughout the year. Developing leadership skills and fostering teamwork are given much weight in the JAGS education, so there is a student-led Gospel Choir, as well as events in which the girls themselves feature prominently among the organisers, such as PopFest and the House Music competitions. JAGS has pupils from many different backgrounds and strong community links. The Symphony and Chamber Orchestras at JAGS perform mainstream symphonic repertoire. Choral singing is also strong: our Holst Choir will be singing in the Cadogan Hall as the guest semi-chorus in Mendelssohn's Elijah. About 150 JAGS musicians have recently combined with fellow pupils from Dulwich College and Alleyn's School to perform Verdi's Requiem and Britten's War Requiem in the Royal Festival Hall.
Peter Gritton (Director of Music)

The performers you hear today are all Music Scholars at James Allen's Girls' School in Dulwich, South-East London. They have gained this title on entry either at 11+ or at 16+, having shown exceptional musical ability in audition. A Music Scholar is expected to lead the way through music but the chances are that the manner in which she deports herself comes naturally, sharing her musical gifts generously with others in the school community. The standard of music-making at JAGS is high and there is tremendous enthusiasm for performing anyway, so Music Scholars are able to utilize their talents within a flourishing environment. The Scholars are the leaders of a lively symphonic and chamber music scene at the school.