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A Musical Feast

This half term has been particularly busy for the Hill House Music department, with performances and events in school and across the country!

On Saturday 9 March, Hill House School Music Department staged a Doncaster Schools’ Instrumental Day with the renowned Yorkshire Wind Orchestra under the baton of Kieron Anderson.

The day was a great a success and all pupils played several massed pieces with the band. Music played included Percy Grainger’s Children’s March, Suite in F by Holst and Afterlife by Rossano Galante.

One parent said: “I would like to compliment Hill House School for providing such a fantastic opportunity for Doncaster musicians today at Hill House. The massed ensemble sounded amazing. It was a great experience for the young musicians to perform alongside accomplished players.”

Junior singers also attended the Incorporated Society of Heads Singing Day at Fulneck College on Friday 8 March and had a great day singing with children from other Independent Schools from the North of England.

Our academic musicians celebrated International Women's Day by watching Jennifer Pike bring Mozart's sparkling Violin Concerto to life with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Sheffield City Hall. A wonderful and special evening.

The Junior Chorus, Junior Ensemble, Senior Chorus, Senior Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and Concert Band all took part in the Regional Music for Youth Festival at the Albermarle Centre in Hull on Friday 15 March. Nigh on 200 Hill House pupils took part in the festival and wowed the judges with their passion for singing and instrumental skills. An adjudicator even said to the children that he could not believe one school could field so many ensembles and choirs. It was a joy to watch not only Hill House pupils, but children from across the whole Yorkshire area celebrating a day of music.

Finally, the term ended on a high with the Robin Hood Music and Drama Festival. It was great to see so many Hill House pupils taking part and especially wonderful to see Hill House represented at the Outstanding Performers’ Concert. Congratulations to Isabelle Osborne, who came away as the overall winner in the Senior Instrumental class, and Poppy Bazlinton, who won the overall Intermediate class.