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News David Hyde Pierce steps behind the Curtains

David Hyde Pierce won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Cioffi in the Los Angeles and Broadway production of Curtains in 2007. Currently appearing in La Bête at the Comedy Theatre in the West End, he was invited to see the School’s production of Curtains in July. He readily agreed and met up with the cast and crew after seeing a matinee performance to talk about his career and answer their questions.

In an interview for The Independent later that week he told Michael Coveney about the experience: “It was very moving. I cried, seeing this show we had created done by these amazing kids, with a really fine orchestra.”

What a term!

The Wind, Brass and Percussion Department of Junior Guildhall has had one of its most exciting terms ever.

The acquisition of Mr Tuba as a sponsor means that we now have scholarships available for each instrument in the Wind, Brass and Percussion Department sponsored by leading instrumental retailers.

Mallets) giving him the opportunity to take part in a workshop with the percussionists of the Royal Opera House.

• The flautists were invited to observe a rehearsal with Sir James Galway at St Martin-in-the-Fields and enjoyed meeting him after the rehearsal.

In addition to the regular flow of leading players and teachers taking part in our “Wind Academy” programme there have been some extra-special highlights:

• The percussionists worked with Evelyn Glennie in the Felsted School Festival (taking all four places in the Masterclass) and then Ben Clark went on to be awarded runner-up in the Junior Guildhall Tuned Percussion Competition (in association with Mike Balter

• Both Philip Cobb and James Watson have been in to coach our Brass section and towards the end of term the internationally renowned Øystein Baardsvik came in for a day to work with our superb tuba section. He is pictured above giving Ruben Cohen a tuba mute donated by Mr Tuba as a prize for most receptive student in the masterclass.

• The icing on the cake came towards the end of term when the whole department spent a day with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO).

Students were lucky enough to sit in with the orchestra on the stage of the Barbican while they were rehearsing some pieces by Thomas Adès (Junior Guildhall Music 1982) conducted by the composer. The rehearsal was followed by a riveting and frank question-and-answer session with three of the LSO members which gave our students a revelatory insight into the world of the professional symphony orchestra.

Looking ahead, we will try to continue this level of activity, starting next term with a substantial contribution to the Big Double Reed Day on 10 October which the Guildhall School, and Junior Guildhall in particular are delighted to be supporting.

v Bob Porter Head of Wind, Brass & Percussion (Junior Guildhall)


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