Norwich students get a Handel on 18th century music at workshop

The Brook Street Band visit students at Hewett Academy. Carolyn Gibley and Tatty Theo. Picture: Insp

The Brook Street Band visit students at Hewett Academy. Carolyn Gibley and Tatty Theo. Picture: Inspiration Trust - Credit: Archant

Norwich students have been getting to grips with 18th century music after a visit from a classical duo.

The Brook Street Band visit students at Hewett Academy. Picture: Inspiration Trust

The Brook Street Band visit students at Hewett Academy. Picture: Inspiration Trust - Credit: Archant

Cellist Tatty Theo and harpsichordist Carolyn Gibley, who perform as The Brook Street Band, visited pupils at the Hewett Academy, in Norwich, during a special assembly last week.

They played pieces by baroque composers including Handel and Bach during the assembly, which was followed by two workshops - one for GSCE and A-Level music students and a second for younger pupils interested in learning to play an instrument.

They saw students practice their vocal exercises, learn about instruments in baroque music and enjoy a close-up look at the instruments.

Among them was the harpsichord, which was made by Alan Gotto - one of the last six manufacturers in the UK - at his workshop off Hall Road, just a few minutes away from the school.

The Brook Street Band visit students at Hewett Academy. Picture: Inspiration Trust

The Brook Street Band visit students at Hewett Academy. Picture: Inspiration Trust - Credit: Archant


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Ms Theo said: 'We love bringing our instruments to schools where the pupils might not be familiar with them or the music that we play.

'The Hewett students were very attentive and well-behaved, and we were impressed with their lovely singing voices.

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'The school has fantastic music facilities, and we hope even more of the students will be inspired to pick up instruments.'

The academy's head of music Graham Young added: 'This was a fantastic visit from a highly talented and engaging pair of musicians.

The Brook Street Band visit students at Hewett Academy. Picture: Inspiration Trust

The Brook Street Band visit students at Hewett Academy. Picture: Inspiration Trust - Credit: Archant

'We are hoping to put together our own orchestra very soon, and this visit has definitely given us lots of inspiration.'

The Brook street Band are curating the Love:Handel festival at The Chapel in Park Lane, Norwich, on April 22 and 23, which will include talks, workshops, and concerts.

Tickets are free for those aged under 18 and can be booked by calling 01603 621169 or emailing rrowe@paston.co.uk

The Brook Street Band was formed in 1996 by Ms Theo and was named after the street in London's Mayfair where Handel lived and composed much of his music.

For more information on the band, please visit www.brookstreetband.co.uk

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