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Students enjoy baroque ‘n’ roll visit

Published on 02/02/17

Students at The Hewett Academy have been getting a 'Handel' on 18th century music thanks to a visit from a classical duo.

Cellist Tatty Theo and harpsichordist Carolyn Gibley, who perform as The Brook Street Band, played pieces by baroque composers including Handel and Bach during a special assembly on Thursday, February 2.

The assembly was followed by two workshops – one for students studying GCSE or A Level music, and a second for Key Stage 3 students who are interested in learning to play an instrument.

During the workshops, the students did vocal exercises to warm up their voices before practising singing in the round.

They learned about the different instruments used in baroque music, and what it would have been like to go to a concert in Handel’s day, when it was common for audiences to eat food and chat all the way through performances.

Students were also able to have a close-up look at the instruments, and were particularly fascinated by the harpsichord, which many of them had never seen before.

It was made by one of the last six manufacturers in the UK, Alan Gotto, at his workshop off Hall Road, just a few minutes away from The Hewett Academy.

Ms Theo said: “We love bringing our instruments to schools where the pupils might not be familiar with them or the music that we play.

“The Hewett students were very attentive and well-behaved, and we were impressed with their lovely singing voices!

“The school has fantastic music facilities, and we hope even more of the students will be inspired to pick up instruments.”

Head of music Graham Young said: “This was a fantastic visit from a highly talented and engaging pair of musicians.

“We are hoping to put together our own orchestra very soon, and this morning has definitely given us lots of inspiration!”

The Brook Street Band are curating the Love:Handel festival at The Chapel in Park Lane, Norwich on April 22 and 23, which will feature talks, workshops, and concerts.

Tickets are free for under-18s and can be booked by calling 01603 621169 or emailing rrowe@paston.co.uk.