Tickets are now available for the John Whitgift Foundation Three Schools’ Concert: in harmony… – a classical concert bringing together all three Foundation Schools’ young musicians and staff to mark the opening of Fairfield Halls, Croydon on Wednesday 16th October at 7pm.

More than 300 students aged between 10 and 18 from Old Palace, Trinity and Whitgift will be performing a programme of choral and orchestral music with a range of exciting repertoire including Grieg’s Piano Concerto, 1st Movement, the exquisite Rutter Gloria, as well as two world première performances.

As part of the event, John Whitgift Foundation has commissioned young composer, Jack Oades, to write a piece for choirs and orchestra which will be performed as a world première on the evening.

A specially composed fanfare by Whitgift student, William Brotherhood, will also feature on the programme following a competition between the three schools, adjudicated by Composer, Russell Hepplewhite. Russell Hepplewhite is widely known for his operatic, musical theatre and choral music including his ground-breaking operas commissioned by English Touring Opera for young audiences which have been widely performed and have won him much critical acclaim.

The event will also celebrate the charity’s Founder, Archbishop John Whitgift, whose legacy to the town has resulted in one of the largest bursary support schemes in the UK with £5 million granted each year to students who attend its three schools.

All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the John Whitgift Foundation Bursary Appeal to enable talented young people to attend our schools from many different backgrounds and walks of life.

In addition to the evening event, young musicians from the three schools will entertain local primary school children in an interactive morning concert as part of the John Whitgift Foundation outreach programme.

Tickets are now on sale and available from priced at £15, £10 and £7.50.

Martin Corney, Chief Executive, John Whitgift Foundation, said: “I am delighted that the next generation of musical talent from across our three schools will be performing on one stage for one night only to celebrate the opening of the iconic Fairfield Halls.

“Our schools offer a world class education in music for children and young people from all backgrounds here in Croydon thanks to our generous bursary and scholarship schemes.

“This event promises to be a classical extravaganza performed by some of our best young musicians, as well as an incredible night to remember.”

Rosanna Whitfield, Director of Music, Whitgift School and Concert Lead, said: “This celebration concert will be one of the first inaugural events to be staged at the newly refurbished Fairfield Halls which has been sorely missed as one of Croydon’s regular performance venues.

“With an acoustic to match that of any major London concert hall, we are incredibly proud to have been given this outstanding collaborative performance opportunity in which to highlight the musical talent amongst our three Schools.

This historic event promises to be a superb tribute to the work of our Founder John Whitgift and the ongoing support from John Whitgift Foundation.”

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