Tagged: Music

Rock for Uganda

Isolated Islands play at the PUG Gig

The Pupils’ Uganda Group – affectionately known as PUG – filled the DRT  with music earlier this term to raise funds for our partners in learning, Kikaaya College School in Uganda. The school has been partnered with KCS since for several years with pupils and staff visiting the school over recent years helping with a variety of infrastructure projects, as well as taking part in and teaching classes. Preparation is already well underway for the next trip out to Uganda this summer. Pupils throughout the school have been incredibly engaged with fundraising initiatives, which was exemplified at the PUG Gig.…

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Bringing New Life to Music

Alexander Campkin with Sam Gladstone, Director of Music, and pupils at The Portsmouth Grammar School

With a national reputation for commissioning new works and giving pupils the opportunity to work alongside living composers, The Portsmouth Grammar School is delighted to announce the appointment of Alexander Campkin as Associate Composer for 2015-16.  His first piece, a new Christmas Carol, was premiered at St Thomas’ Cathedral during the school Carol Service in December 2015. “The opportunity for our pupils to work with Alexander over the next year is going to be truly inspirational,” says Sam Gladstone, Director of Music at The Portsmouth Grammar School.  “As well as the composition of a new Christmas Carol for the school,…

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Britain’s Got Talent


Taking part in something slightly different this half term has been Year 11 pupil Isaac Waddington who reached the Britain’s Got Talent final this weekend. His excellent semi-final performance of I Can’t Make You Love Me, which has been recorded by George Michael and Adele in the past, secured his place in the final.  On Sunday evening Isaac reprised Billy Joel’s She’s Always a Woman from his first audition and once more brought all four judges to their feet, receiving glowing reviews from them all. “We are absolutely delighted by his achievement,” said James Priory, Headmaster.  “Isaac delivered an excellent musical performance…

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Festivities 2015 is Launched


The Portsmouth Festivities announced its 16th festival programme yesterday evening in the new Sixth Form Centre. From Friday 19 to Sunday 28 June, Portsmouth will once more play host to one of the most vibrant summer festivals on the south coast: · over 70 dazzling and diverse events across the city· internationally acclaimed artists· showcasing stunning local talent· FREE activities and events· something for all ages The Festivities is Portsmouth’s flagship multi-disciplinary arts festival. Now in its 16th year, the programme continues to develop and grow, with a fantastic mix of concerts, dance, exhibitions, plays and outdoor events planned for…

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National Festival Award Winner

Sam Gladstone conducting 'Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose' at Portsmouth Festivities 2013

We are delighted that Mr Sam Gladstone, Director of Music at The Portsmouth Grammar School, has won a national British Arts and Science Festivals Association award for exceptional service. Mr Gladstone is the UK’s only educator this year to win the prestigious award, which recognises his on-going valuable contributions towards Portsmouth Festivities; the city’s annual flagship art, culture and heritage festival at the end of June. As well as regularly attending and contributing to Festivities creative partner hub meetings – involving 13 cultural organisations from across the city – Mr Gladstone volunteers his expertise and considerable time to help shape…

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To Remember in Song


The Portsmouth Grammar School and The London Mozart Players have once more collaborated to commission a new musical work for the annual Remembrance Concert. This year the commission is a major new cantata from Jonathan Dove to commemorate World War I. The London Mozart Players and The Portsmouth Grammar School will present the World Première performance of this major new co-commission from Jonathan Dove on 9 November 2014 in Portsmouth Cathedral and 14 November in Fairfield Halls Croydon. “We are thrilled to be giving young musicians from Portsmouth and Croydon the opportunity to work with a living composer and to…

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