Bob Chilcott Opens The New Music School
Elstree School was delighted to welcome Bob Chilcott, one of the most active composers and choral conductors in Britain today, to open the new Music School. The guests were piped in by five school bag pipers, followed by a trumpet fanfare written by the trumpet teacher Gerry Ruddock. Mr Inglis welcomed the guests before the whole school, led by the Chapel Choir, sang ‘As Long as I have Music’ by Don Besig. Bob Chilcott congratulated the boys, before cutting the ribbon and musical themed cake. There was then the opportunity to look round the music school where a carousel of music activities took place including the ukulele, string and percussion groups.
The new Music School now comprises modernised practice rooms, a new music classroom and a state of the art rehearsal studio for the orchestra, choirs and smaller music groups. The new Technology Suite also enables the young music makers to create their own musical compositions. This marks the completion of Phase 1 of the Arts Quarter Development, and the Governors are now planning for the next stage of the Creative Arts Development which will include improved space for Art and DT, as well as enhancing the facilities for drama and performing arts.