A Symphony of Strings: Barton Peveril Session Orchestra Enchants Audience

Session Orchestra performance at Barton Peveril

On Thursday, January 25th, the Barton Peveril Session Orchestra performed at the Rose Theatre. The performance showcased the ensemble’s skills and allowed the musicians to experience playing in a string section for a pop band.

This unique event brought together string players from various schools across Hampshire to collaborate with the Barton Peveril String Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and students from our Popular Music Performance course.

The orchestra was led by Second Year A Level Music student Izzy Philpot, formerly of Thornden School and directed by Adam Broughton, Musical Director of the Hampshire County Youth Wind Ensemble. Adam also led a workshop for the students in the lead up to the performance to hone their performance skills further.

The repertoire featured an array of classic pop tunes including Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman, and Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky” alongside timeless favourites like “Bittersweet Symphony” and “Car Wash.”

Session Orchestra performance

Bryan Postlethwaite, Director of Performing Arts, expressed his delight with the project, stating:

This was a really great opportunity for string players to experience what it’s like to play in a large pop ensemble. I’m really grateful to all those who got involved, and it was lovely to witness such an incredible collaborative performance.”

The Session Orchestra was founded in 2023 following a collaboration with Andy Stott (Head of Popular Music at the Royal Northern College of Music).

Due to its success, the Session Orchestra plans to perform again next year, we look forward to welcoming new students to the Barton Peveril Session Orchestra next year.

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