On Wednesday afternoon, the Duchess of Cornwall attended a dress rehearsal at Havering Music School. She met students from the school who will perform with the London Chamber Orchestra, (LCO), where she is the Royal Patron.
After the rehearsal, the Duchess attended a private reception where she chatted with Jan Flanders, music and resource manager at Havering School of Music and Holly Jackson, a student at the school. Jan had this to say of the experience: “That was a fantastic experience. Holly was very excited to meet Camilla and it was really lovely.”
She added: “We were thrilled to be involved in the project and the children have learnt so much from taking part in an experience like this.”
The dress rehearsal brought over 130 children from diverse backgrounds together for the first and only rehearsal at Queen Mary University’s Mile End for a performance that will take place friday evening. The children, some only recently taking up playing an instrument, have spent the last six months practicing and learning at local workshops. These new students are mentored by current students at the music school.
This performance and mentorship is part of the LCO’s Music Junction Program project. This year marks the sixth year of this program, that not only welcomes children from Havering, but from Waltham Forest, Kent and Berkshire as well.
The main goal is for children to teach other children how to play a musical instrument so they might create and perform their own compositions. The work they’ve recently created, titled: I Am You, Brave and Strong, will premier at Cadogan Hall in Chelsea on Friday night.
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who was former Master of The Queen’s Music created a theme for this piece. LCO’s director, Christopher Warren-Green will conduct the performance. Jan added: “It is a lot of pressure to meet just for one rehearsal, but it went really well. It’s very inspiring to watch children get ready to perform at a big concert after not having played an instrument for that long.”