October 2nd, 2014
Over the weekend, the Central Foundation Boys’ School choir had the honour and privilege of performing at the Royal Albert Hall in front of a sold out audience to honour the centenary of the First World War.
On Sunday afternoon 600 secondary school students from England, Germany, Belgium and France came together to form the Centenary Chorus, with Central Foundation Boys’ School being the only representative of London. The choir opened the show before a number of instrumental pieces were played by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra before an interval.
After the interval, the Philharmonic and Centenary Chorus performed the signature piece of the day – Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass For Piece. The 70 minute long piece of music, which prominently featured the school choir, brings together elements of the Catholic Mass, the Islamic Call To Prayer and lyrics from a number of poems and excerpts. The historic venue, which hosts the BBC Proms every year, gave the performance added gravitas.
The Centenary Chorus is due to return to the Royal Albert Hall in 2018, to mark a century since the Armistice, to perform a specially commissioned work from Bob Chilcott.
For more images of the event, click here to view our gallery.
October 2nd, 2014
On Thursday 25th September, the school opened its doors to the public for our first Open Event of the year.
Around 400 prospective parents and students joined us for an evening to see the school and have a taste of our outstanding educational provision. Parents were taken on tours guided by Year 11 pupils who gave each group their own personal insight into life at the school while showing the roofed Astroturf for PE, the 3D printer in technology and the two-time national finalist debating team.
After seeing these facilities, as well as hearing about Central Foundation Sixth Form and the Central Futures team, a designated group of professionals who work towards placing every 18 year old who leaves here in high quality training or employment, all of the guests were welcomed into the school hall for the final part of the evening.
Firstly they heard from two pupils – Freddy in Year 8 who has just completed his transition into secondary school and completed his first year, and Burkan in Year 11 who has experienced the whole school journey. Mr Brownhill, the Headteacher, then laid out his vision for the school and talked about the school achievements.
Finally, the visitors were treated to a performance of chamber music from a Year 11 quartet before the school choir gave a rousing rendition of At The End of the Day from Les Misérables, ahead of their performance of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man at the Royal Albert Hall this Sunday.
If you couldn’t attend last night’s open evening, we would like to remind you that you are welcome to our Open Mornings on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd October at 9:30 until 10:30 and then on subsequent Wednesdays (8th, 15th and 22nd) at 9:30.
View more images of the event in our gallery by clicking here.