On 31 January, musicians from Bromsgrove School were treated to masterclasses with pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason and a concert featuring Isata and the English Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Woods, to mark Beethoven’s 250th anniversary.
Widely regarded as one of the UK’s most admired and popular young pianists, Isata led piano masterclasses for three talented Bromsgrove pupils, in front of a small audience.
Commenting on this opportunity, Bromsgrove’s Director of Music said: “Each pianist responded brilliantly to excellent advice from Isata – this experience will remain with the pupils for many years to come”.
The English Symphony Orchestra welcomed musicians from Bromsgrove Preparatory School, Winterfold School and 40 GCSE music students from Bromsgrove Senior School to their rehearsal to listen to exciting works from Beethoven.
Isata made her English Symphony Orchestra debut on Friday evening at the school’s performing arts venue Routh Hall. The concert was a huge success, with many standing ovations, following the performances of Ruth Gipps’ Cringlemire Garden, Beethoven’s Piano Concert No 3 and Symphony No 7, one of Beethoven’s most thrilling works.