Musicians join forces for a special concert

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A MUSICAL collaboration entertained parents and the public at a Tynemouth School last week, when the best of the school’s musicians teamed up with the Weekend School of the Sage Gateshead.

The concert was the dreamchild of Philip Sanderson, director of music at the King’s School, Tynemouth, and showcased the best of young musical talent in the north east.

A range of instrumental solos featured Michelle James, Taylor Thompson, Michael Biggins and Leah Frankland on the piano, Jane Morris on bassoon, Gi Dong Park on violin, Matthew Lees and Michael Bentham on clarinet, Katherine Wren on flute and Lucy Hoile on cello.

The audience was also treated to contrasting jazz and classical guitar from Bradley Johnston and Christian Bloquert, and Mozart on the marimba from Leon Plouviez.

Head of vocal studies Pippa Anderson said: “The performances from both King’s Pupils and The Weekend School pupils were utterly professional.

“This collaboration offered our pupils the opportunity to meet other like minded musicians. The standard was extremely high and it was evident a huge amount of work had gone into this concert.”

The concert also featured performances from Chris Pyrah and Rachel Bayley and the King’s School Senior Choir, and the King’s Klarinos clarinet ensemble that went on to win the Under 16 Woodwind Class at the Wansbeck Music Festival, The Paisiello wind sextet and Weekend School’s piano quartet.