Pupils from Ellesmere College received a standing ovation at the Woodard Schools Symphony Hall Concert, when they performed to 1,500 people in Birmingham's magnificent concert hall.
Joining schools from both the private and state sectors, 25 pupils joined 600 other performers from 26 different schools to form choirs, orchestras and bands in a spectacular one off event.
Director of Music at Ellesmere College,Mr Roger Paul, commenting on the concert, said;
"The Symphony Hall Concert mixed pupils from inner city state schools with those from some of the UK's top public schools and together they performed a variety of music to appeal to all tastes and ages from Elgar to Mr Incredibles!
Pupils from the age of seven to 18 played and sang, with the showpiece of the concert being Berlioz magnificent "Te Deum" conducted by Sir Richard Mynors.
Two world premiers were also performed at the concert, a specially commissioned setting of 'The Lord's Prayer', by leading British composer, Jonathan Willcocks and 'All this night shrill Chanticleer', a Christmas piece composed for the event by the Director of Music at Prestfelde School, Jeremy Lund.
As well as enabling students to enjoy the experience of playing in Symphony Hall, the concert also promoted integration, the development of relationships and best practice for not only the pupils but for the staff involved too".
All schools involved in the concert were Woodard Schools, one of the largest providers of education in the UK, educating 27,000 pupils a year across the both the state and private sectors.
12th December 2007 Back to News