Stowe Keyboard Festival

On Thursday, 12th March we set off bright and early for Stowe school. Miss Collins was accompanied by six fantastic pianists – Lydia, Tom, Ngai-Son, Johnny, Luke  and Kevin – and we were all looking forward to a day of piano playing. On arrival we were shown round the fabulous new music department which has all Steinway pianos. Miss Collins could not resist taking lots of photos of these wonderful instruments!

After the tour we had the first rehearsal of ensemble pieces – Chopsticks and Pirates of the Caribbean. There were 6 grand pianos set out in the Concert Hall and it was so exciting hearing all the other parts played at the same time. After lunch we were treated to a recital and masterclass given by Philip Fowke. Lydia, Tom, Luke and Kevin played brilliantly and Philip was very impressed with their performances. After a quick visit to the tuck shop and another rehearsal it was time for the Concert. All in all a fantastic day.

LC