We were absolutely thrilled to take our Year 10, 12 and 13 students to the British Library on Monday 1st October. This was a very special opportunity to launch the British Library's new educational webspace, Discovering Music. We were honoured to be the only guest school at the launch which comprised two workshops and a tour around the library's 'Treasures' collection. Students were allowed to look at original manuscripts of Delius's string quartet, Elgar's 3rd symphony and letters between Peter Warlock and Delius. These offered a fascinating insight into how composers worked and corresponded. We were also delighted that Dr Anthony Payne, famous for finishing Elgar's 3rd symphony, ran a composition workshop for our students – genuinely a once in a lifetime opportunity. After a quick coffee break, we then had chance to wander round the 'Treasures' collection, which includes the Magna Carta, original scores of Beethoven, Chopin and other famous composers and original folios of Shakespeare.
The students as ever were impeccably behaved and thanks to the British Library for such a wonderful day out.