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Saturday, 11 February, saw the culmination of months of hard work at the Woodard schools in preparing for a Master Class which ended in a performance with over 700 voices.  Over half of the Corporation’s schools took part, coming from all parts of the country; North Yorkshire to Kent, Somerset and Shropshire over to Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire and all points in between.

Twenty schools took part, click on each school name to visit their websites:

Abbots Bromley School
Alderley Edge School for Girls
The Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School
Bishop Stopford School
The Bishops’ Blue Coat Church of England High School
Bloxham School
Crompton House Church of England School
Denstone College
Denstone College Preparatory School
Ellesmere College
King’s Hall School
The Peterborough School
Prestfelde School
Queen Mary’s School
St Augustine Academy
St James’ School
St Marylebone CE School
St Olave’s Grammar School
St Wilfrid’s Church of England Academy
Worksop College

My wife and I just want to say what a wonderful time we had on Saturday,
and that our daughter thoroughly enjoyed herself.  Unforgettable.

The Master Class was led by Dominic Peckham regarded as ‘one of the UK’s finest dynamic orchestral and choral conductors of his generation’.  Peckham has been praised at home and abroad for his ‘freshness and vitality’ directing both orchestras and choirs. A conductor of immense energy and focus delivering ‘gutsy, raw and exciting performances’, Peckham is renowned for his dedication to the Renaissance and Baroque era, whilst also passionate about the delivery of new works and inspirational collaborations.

We all got a huge amount out of the day. Dominic Peckham was excellent.

 It was a fabulous day and our pupils certainly gained a great
deal from the experience and the amazing Dominic. (Every school should have one of him!)

The Revd Canon Brendan Clover, the Senior Provost of The Woodard Corporation came up with the original idea and was delighted to see so many performers – not, only pupils but some of their teachers too.  He said “This was a unique opportunity to see something of the value added experiences being part of a group of schools can offer. No stand alone school could have delivered an event of this magnitude. It was all about the trill of participating. We learnt how to sing better and how to lose our inhibitions in the performance of song. What a fantastic day it was for pupils and teachers alike!’

A special thank you goes to Helena McKillop, Head of Music at The Peterborough School and Tim Uglow, Director of Music at Worksop College for their help in various aspects of the arrangements; Tim also provided the organ accompaniment.

A wonderful event … it was lovely for the Woodard
Family to come together under one roof.

Photograph (John Sherratt): rehearsals under way