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Band Night

We certainly have a diverse range of musical opportunities for our students at Monkton. At the same time as preparing for our production of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas this term, we are also gearing up for our eagerly awaiting Band Night on 5th March.

Here’s a video collage of last year’s event, which features a song by Harry (then in year 10). We had nine bands in total, ranging from a year 8 girl band to a couple of sixth form bands who had also written their own material. Plus a few staff too!

Dido & Aeneas

I’ve heard that one of my predecessors, Harold Jones, used to put on operas during his time as Director of Music at Monkton. Was I dreaming or did I hear Boris Godunov mentioned? Surely not?!

Either way, it’s a long time since Monkton produced a opera, and so we are very excited to be staging Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas this February. It’s going to be in an unusual venue too – St Michael’s Church in Monkton Combe, which will add further dramatic potential to our production.

Tickets are now available via our online booking form here.



An interview with pianist John Lenehan

Meet the Artist……Keith Snell, pianist

Meet the Artist……Keith Snell, pianist.

This is a ‘must see’ interview with pianist Valentina Lisitsa and my former RCM classmate, Melanie Spanswick.

Melanie Spanswick

I am delighted to introduce my new series of interviews with established classical artists. They will appear on my YouTube channel as well as this blog and are informal conversations with some really fabulous musicians. The series starts with Ukrainian pianist, Valentina Lisitsa, who I interviewed earlier this week in Cardiff.

Valentina was born in Kiev and began playing the piano aged just three. Whilst studying at the Kiev Conservatory she met her husband, pianist Alexei Kuznetsoff,  and the couple performed regularly as a duo winning the Murray Dranoff Two Piano Competition in 1991.

As a soloist Valentina has performed in all the major concert venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Musikverein and the Wigmore Hall, and she has performed with many of the world’s greatest orchestras. Recent collaborations include  partnering violinist, Hilary Hahn, most notably in a recording of the 4 Sonatas for violin and piano by Charles Ives…

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