Students from the Music in Secondary Schools Trust (MiSST) ‘Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme‘ performed in the MiSST inaugural concert with world renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti at the Barbican last night.

The evening was a great success and saw 400 school children from MiSST schools perform with Nicola who joined the students as leader of the orchestra and as a guest performer in the concert finale.

The programme included Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King specially arranged for children by the BBC, Vivaldi’s Spring from the Four Seasons and a world premiere of Dimitri Scarlato’s Rhapsody of Melodies.  Nicola performed Jules Massenet’s Meditation from Thais in a moving finale supported by the MiSST orchestra.  Performers ranged from beginner to Grade 8+.  For the majority it was their first time in a professional music venue and they were rapturously received by the enthusiastic audience filling the Barbican Theatre.

The Music in Secondary Schools Trust is funded by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust and The Dame Alice Owen Foundation supporting 6 schools on the Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme on music education.

Lord Lloyd Webber, who was unable to attend the concert in person due to commitments overseas, congratulated all the participants in this video message:


Click here to read the press release for more information.

Images of the concert and rehearsals courtesy of Benjamin Ealovega.
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