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Thursday, 22 September 2016
Bolton School Girls’ Division GCSE Music students took a day off-timetable to enjoy a day of new musical experiences. Starting with a visit to the Beatles Museum in Liverpool, students learned much about the rise to fame of the ‘Fab Four’. With several interactive exhibitions including a Karaoke, the girls were immersed in the music and culture of the ‘60s – most of them leaving with a pair of John Lennon-inspired glasses!
Returning to Manchester in the early evening, the group enjoyed a meal at Pizza Express, followed by the unanimous highlight of the trip; a performance by the Halle Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall. The girls were thrilled by the volcanic virtuosity on display in Tchaikovsky’s ‘Hamlet’, before Benjamin Grosvenor’s fabulous performance of the Liszt Piano Concerto left everyone on the edge of their seats. The second half’s classy performance of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony was an opportunity to hear classical music at its purest, in a sublime rendition led superbly by the Halle’s professional conductor – Sir Mark Elder.
Director of Music, Mrs Price commented: “The girls’ behaviour was exemplary throughout the day – they were a real credit to the school. It was wonderful to see so many of them inspired by classical music.”
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