Sweet, sweet music for Felsted School
PUBLISHED: 15:48 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 07:09 30 May 2010
A NEW state-of-the-art music school opened this week to the sound of drums, as world famous percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie cut the red tape on the new £3million centre. One of Felsted School s most ambitious projects ever was formally unveiled after an
A NEW state-of-the-art music school opened this week to the sound of drums, as world famous percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie cut the red tape on the new £3million centre.
One of Felsted School's most ambitious projects ever was formally unveiled after an 18-month building project was completed ahead of schedule and in time to be used for the current school year.
Director of music, James Lowry, hailed the opening as "wonderful", and hopes that the new facility will spur his students on to even greater heights.
He said: "Our new music school represents a huge vote of confidence on the part of Felsted School. This new facility provides a wonderful opportunity to provide first class teaching, practice and performance facilities to all of our pupils."
The new building includes a large recital hall that can house over 200 audience members and contains a Steinway grand piano. There are also two academic music classrooms, a recording studio and percussion suite, as well as numerous teaching and practice rooms.
Mr Lowry added: "My work in the school over the past seven years has been a constant and absolute pleasure. Time after time we present soloists and ensembles with incredibly demanding repertoire and they never fail to respond with enthusiasm and real commitment.
"I am still amazed at the standards we manage to achieve together in concerts and examinations. This new facility will enable us to continue that trend."
Pupils at the school are also excited about the opportunity of playing and practising in such quality surroundings.
Music scholar Alexander Irminger said: "The music school is an auspicious environment in which it is fun to learn both instruments and the subject. The staff are also supportive and friendly, making it a great place to study and practice.