Monthly Archives: May 2012

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Percussion Competition

Since 1991 the Company has supported the Guildhall School of Music and Drama by providing a prize for the top pupil in one of their competitions, and for the second year running the prize this year was for the top student in the percussion section.

The school had held heats before the evening, and there were 3 final competitors – Emma King, George Barton and Felicity Hindle – who each played for about half an hour. The winner was judged by the adjudicator and renowned percussionist Colin Curry, who chose George Barton for his innovation and originality.

The instruments played by the students differed from a usual drum and cymbals kit, and included a marimba and kettle drums. The winning piece was entitled  “? Corporel” by the French avant-garde composer Vinko Globokar.

The music was to say the least ‘alternative’ and George’s main piece involved no instruments, but he beat out the rhythms on his bared chest and laid on the floor and moaned – in the style of a student having to get up in the morning – about 6 feet from the assembled company – you can see below, which included the Clerk, the Senior and Junior wardens and the Master, past Master Stuart Hibberdine and Assistant Duncan Moss.

After this rather shocking experience the members of the Livery party retreated to a delightful Italian restaurant with the competitors and their tutors for a fortifying glass of wine and plate of  pasta.

Mickola Wilson

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The 358th Festival of the Sons of the Clergy

St Pauls CathedralOn the 15th May I attended the service at St Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate the Festival of the Sons of the Clergy, which is charitable organisation founded in 1655, funnily enough by  the sons of a group of distressed clergyman.

The service is attended by the Lord Mayor, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Sheriffs and the Bishop of London and many other representatives of the Church.

The preacher was the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church the Most Reverend David Chillingworth – who gave a heartfelt sermon on the role of the church and in particular the clergy in the community- he made them sound very human and caring – a bit of a contrast to the rather terrifying and impressive array of clergymen and dignitaries at the service.

The music was sublime, obviously some of the best choral pieces one is going to ever hear as we heard from the choir of St Pauls, and Bristol Cathedral and the Choir of Southwell Minster and the trumpeters from the Bands of the Blues and Royals. Perhaps the most beautiful of all was the Anthem to Psalm 48, set to music by Elgar – check your iTunes if you want a really fine listen.

Mickola Wilson

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