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Patron: Peter Donohoe CBE

Posted on Wednesday 26 November

The final performance of the compositions created by students from both Churchill Academy and Merchants’ Academy Bristol, was simply phenomenal this year. Who would have thought that the composers were pupils from years 9 and 10?

Working with our new composer, Peter Leech, and a quartet from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra led by Jennie Curiel, 28 students composed works for string quartet over a period of just 6 weeks.

For the finale, kindly hosted by Merchants’ Acedemy in their fabulous hall, the students introduced their completed compositions giving us a flavour of the inspiration behind each one. This was followed by the BSO quartet performing each work to the composer’s chosen pictorial backdrop.

Peter Leech, the composer-in-residence for the project said “I was hugely impressed by the high level of commitment and energy which the respective composer groups channelled into their work. I was amazed by their creative flare and stylistic awareness, which produced pieces of outstanding musical quality.”

Afterwards, the students themselves were buzzing about the project. “It is so amazing that we can hear our works performed live by such an amazing quartet”, said one. "This is not like any other school project" said another.

Paul Harrison, Second in Faculty for Performing Arts at Churchill Academy said, “Our students gain a huge amount of experience and understanding from being part of this and we see many students go on to achieve top grades at GCSE as a result. Thanks again to Churchill Music! for the crucial funding and constant encouragement. It is a well known fact that Churchill Music! will always seek to create and facilitate high standard music making but it is also good to know that strong relationships with community partners means that what is planned is relevant, effective and targeted. As a result a real difference is made.”

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