On Friday 17th November the combined orchestras of Christ College performed with professional musicians from the Welsh Sinfonia under the banner of their Cresecendo project, working with schools across Wales to develop orchestral playing. Now in the fifth and final year of our partnership with this orchestra, Christ College have certainly benefitted from the experience. Pupils have had the chance to learn from and play alongside supportive professional players in a familiar environment, as well as working with professional conductor Mark Eager.
The Poco Crescendo Orchestra from St Nicholas House comprised some 13 players and when combine with the senior Crescendo orchestra, the number of pupils on stage was closer to 40. The pupil orchestras performed two pieces together before the seniors then combined with the Welsh Sinfonia to play Stephen Sondheim’s Send In The Clowns, the first movement of Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony, and the music for the film Gladiator, composed by Hans Zimmer and arranged by John Wasson.
In addition to these performances, the Christ College String Orchestra and Senior Wind Sinfonia also took to the stage to perform music by Mendelssohn (String Sinfonia No.7, 1st mvt) and Bernstein (West Side Story Medley). Again, these ensembles are thriving at the school, alongside several other instrumental groups that meet weekly. What was most impressive was to see was how much could be achieved with only 30 minutes of rehearsal each week. Imagine what they could do if we had more time…
Our Junior pupils started their RESOLVEit Superhero Academy last week. RESOLVEit are a Welsh community interest company specialising in personal safety. Their core aim is to promote personal safety education using four core principles; Awareness, Avoidance, Dialogue and Action. These principles underpin all their workshops…Read on
Former Christ College Brecon pupil Jim Roberts has won a gold medal at the Paralympic Games, leading the Great British wheelchair rugby team to victory in Japan. Old Breconian Jim scored 24 tries against top team USA in the exciting final which finished 54-49. It…Read on
This year our year 9 have been working with the History, Art and photography departments in Christ College Brecon and The Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh, Brecon, to learn about a key event in our local history, the Merthyr rising of 1831. They have…Read on
Christ College Brecon is, once again, supporting former pupil and father of one, Des Lally, as he takes on his next fundraising challenge; the British and Irish Peaks Five Mountains in Five Countries in Three Days (BIP553). On 28 July Des will begin his journey…Read on
Christ College Brecon pupils have been given an insight into the world of photography by award winning Spanish photographer, Alex Jaime. Alejandro Jaime Nunez was born in Malaga in 1993 and began his photography career in 2006 with a photographic trip to the Gambia with…Read on