Welcome to our Founder’s Concert 2023!

Dr Charlotte Exon - Director of Music

We are celebrating all things musical at Downe House today!

At the heart of our Music Department is to enable all pupils from across the School to enjoy music. From the beginner to the diploma student, there is a place for everyone at Downe House Music – and our Founder’s Concert today is no exception! With nearly 200 girls involved in today’s concert, a feast of music awaits, exploring a range of musical styles from Stravinsky to Stevie Wonder.

I would like to thank the Music Staff, including our excellent team of Visiting Music Teachers, for their guidance, encouragement and commitment to our musicians, enabling them to enjoy such a high level of achievement this afternoon. My thanks also to our Audio Visual, Marketing and Estates Teams who have worked incredibly hard to support our music events over our Founder’s Weekend.

My final thanks are reserved for our performers and their commitment and contribution to the musical life at Downe. They have worked incredibly hard this year, enjoying the challenge of every musical experience. It has been a particular delight to involve our Upper Fifth musicians in our Founder’s music celebrations, bringing joy, talent and fun to the music at Downe House. Special thanks to our very talented Music Award Holders who are at the heart of musical life at Downe and contribute so much. Huge thanks to our Music Seniors, Alice Boyle, Olivia McClintock, Camilla Hale and Charlotte Mackinnon for all their help and support in preparing for today’s concert.

Sit back, relax and enjoy our Founder’s musical extravaganza!

Dr Charlotte Exon
Director of Music

The Programme

1

Founder’s Orchestra

Selections from The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom Of The Opera
Think Of Me
Angel Of Music
All I Ask Of You
Masquerade
The Music Of The Night
Andrew Lloyd Webber arr. Calvin Custer

Yan Qi (Angelina) Shek leader
Dr Charlotte Exon conductor

2

Once Removed

You Are The Reason
Calum Scott, Jonathan Maguire and Corey Sanders arr. Mac Huff

Mrs Susan Norman piano
Miss Kathy Chalmers conductor

3

Treblemakers and Once Removed

The Water is Wide
American Folk Song arr. Andy Beck

Mrs Susan Norman piano
Miss Kathy Chalmers conductor

4

Treblemakers

Isn’t She Lovely
Stevie Wonder arr. Ed Lojeski

Mrs Susan Norman piano
Miss Kathy Chalmers conductor

5

Sinfonia

A Whole New World
Alan Menken arr. Alexander

Rock Around The Clock
Max Freedman and Jimmy de Knight arr. Nicholas Hare

Carmen Ren leader
Miss Annabel McFetrich conductor

6

In Harmony

Ave Verum
Will Todd

Lose You To Love Me
Selena Gomez arr. Hartley-Stevens

Mrs Susan Norman piano
Mr Matt Hartley-Stevens conductor

7

Scholar’s Ensemble

Geographical Fugue
Ernst Toch

8

Prima Voce

with Founder’s Ensemble

Home Fires
Main theme from the television series

Samuel Sim

A Clare Benediction
John Rutter

Corner of the Sky
from the musical Pippin
Stephen Schwartz arr. John Cacavas

Mrs Susan Norman piano
Dr Charlotte Exon conductor

9

Founder’s Orchestra

Firebird
Igor Stravinsky arr. Jack Bullock

Yan Qi (Angelina) Shek leader
Dr Charlotte Exon conductor

Learn more about our Ensembles

Performing a variety of works from classical music to film music, Founder’s Orchestra is drawn from our Symphony Orchestra and involves musicians not in exam years. These musicians are around Grade 5 and above. Symphony Orchestra has previously performed at the Michaelmas Concert, the Music Showcase at St John’s Church, as well as inspiring our young musicians at our Prep Schools’ Orchestral Fun Days. This ensemble gives the wonderful opportunity of feeling the buzz of a large orchestra!
This is our youngest choir at Downe House which includes all girls from the Remove (Year 7), who sing an eclectic mix of choral music. The choir aims to provide an exciting start to their musical journey at Downe House where choral foundations are laid for the future. Once Removed sing in Chapel, at the Michaelmas Concert, the Carol Services and the Founder’s Concert.
Treblemakers is made up of our Lower Fourth (Year 8) cohort. After spending a year in Once Removed, the choir builds on their choral foundations and extends their repertoire. Treblemakers sing in a variety of settings including the Michaelmas Concert, the Carol Services and the Founder’s Concert.
This ensemble is our training orchestra for players around Grades 2-5. They play popular and enjoyable music preparing them for the move to Symphony Orchestra in the future. Musical highlights for Sinfonia have included the Lower School Concert and the Founder’s Concert.
In Harmony is a choir for girls in Upper Fourth (Year 9) and provides an excellent foundation for girls wishing to explore choral singing at a higher level. They perform at our Carol Services in Newbury and London as well as other concerts throughout the year such as the Michaelmas Concert and the Founder’s Concert. They have performed Evensong at Winchester and Gloucester Cathedrals.
This ensemble is made up of a selection of Music Award Holders. This gives our advanced musicians an opportunity to make music together and tackle challenging repertoire. Scholar's Ensemble has had lots of fun preparing this fiendish piece that they are performing this afternoon.
Prima Voce is the flagship choral ensemble of Downe House in Berkshire, which has a long history of excellence in music. Prima Voce represents the senior choristers of the School who are continuing this proud tradition. Winners of the Barnardo’s National Senior Choir of the Year Competition unprecedently for two years’ running and finalists for the last four years, the choir explores a wide and challenging range of music, enjoying many different types of choral performances from Cathedral Evensongs to concert work and competitions. Recent performances have included appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall and performing with Katie Melua in London. Prima Voce thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to support the work of different charities, including Barnardo’s, which has led to performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and taking part in Kidmas Live at Birmingham Town Hall. The choir always looks forward to performing at St John's Church, Newbury to raise money for Christian Aid. Their concert this year raised over £1800. Most recently, they returned to St John's to perform Evensong alongside the Cecelia Consort as part of the Newbury Spring Festival. Many of the girls in Prima Voce are also studying other areas of music and performance at an advanced standard. The choir meets twice a week and are enthusiastic about all things musical! 

 

Ensemble Leaders

Symphony Orchestra Yan Qi (Angelina) Shek

Once Removed Ilaria Rosa (Leader) & Carmen Ren (Deputy)

Treblemakers Thanaya (Hanna) Suvansarang (Leader) & Alexia Walker (Deputy)

In Harmony Tanitoluwa Akeju

Sinfonia Carmen Ren

Prima Voce Camilla Hale (Head of Choral) & Charlotte Mackinnon (Deputy Head of Choral)

Our Musicians

Louise Alldis-Kervella
Juliette Bale
Alice Barber
Amabel Baring
Violet Barker
Alice Boyle
Amelia Clark
Olivia Cole
Lily Colville
Isabella de Arcangelis
Clotilde Tillette de Clermont-Tonnerre
Hedy Dong
Lydia Isadora Dyer
Charlotte Foulkes
Polly Fowler
Linxin (Sophia) Guo
Camilla Hale
Felicity Harris
Isabella Hudson
Hao Yun (Hedy) Jiang
Sophie Lambourne
Joline Lam
Charlotte Mackinnon
Olivia McClintock
Honor McMyn
Tomi Olunuga
Dominica Prentice
Olivia Stewart
Anna Stopford
Katrina Stubbs
Maria Taraban
Ruoxi (Jasmine) Yang
Mariam Abubakar
Temiloluwa Akinkugbe
Emmeline Anderson
Leya Bell
Eleanor Black
Eulalia Camilleri
Elizabeth Carter Shaw
Hiu Ping (Michelle) Cheung
Sophia Darroue
Isabel Elder
Efe Esiovwa-Thompson
Isabella Filo
Isabella Foster
Helen Foulkes
Anna Gomonova
Ruby Grant
Niamh Hallas
Isabella Heveron
Syeda Zainab Jawad
Danielle Jibodu
YiQing (Nancy) Ke
Emma Kovalchuk
Katherine Langworthy
Emilia Lazenby
Isabella Lloyd George
Kloy Lotharunkpong
Ziqun (Linda) Lu
Mullinya (Ava) Mathisariyapong
Rose Morgan
Selina Novis
Viveen Parker
Gisella Perhar
Isabella Raynsford
Carmen Ren
Ilaria Rosa
Clementine Sanford
Sophie Segger
Georgiana Sokol
Bianca Squire
Zara Sutherland
Isabella Warr
Madeleine Watkins-Ball
Mingwei (Cindy) Xu
Catherin Yam
Ameerah Abidoye
Grace Brennan
Grace Chassange
Harriet Cull
Charlotte Cunningham
Harryo Curtis
Poppy Curtis
Victoria Da Costa
Anna Dawson Paul
Alexandra Diez Sanchez-Tabernero
Mirabelle Edet
Alice Evans
Jessica Geffen
Anya Goss-Custard
Yiming (Amy) Guo
Lara Hallas
Cecilia Harris
Ottalie Hay
Amber Hilton
Fong Fan (Charmaine) Hui
Natasha Hussain
Marvellous Idowu-Titus
Molly Johnson
Lara Kendall
Ivory Leung
Zourui (Ray) Li
Poppy McClymont
Mia McLennan
Lin Yi (Emily) Meng
Fiona Merchant
Emily Mulford
Tee-J Mwenebungu
Mia Olsen
Sasha Paterson
Amelie Perceval
Alexa Peschkoff
Eloise Poland Bowen
Tess Prakitritanon
Elizabeth Squire
Thanaya (Hanna) Suvansarang
Olivia Taylor
Cecilia Thomas
Pitchaporn (Unna) Ungkanakornkul
Alexia Walker
Ngaihiu (Elisa) Wang
Araminta Winkworth
Scarlett Wykes
Ziyi (Summer) Xu
Jinhan (Katy) Yao
Gabrielle Yue
Ameera Abubakar
Mariam Abubakar
Emmeline Anderson
Sophie Chow
Charlotte Cunningham
Anna Dawson Paul
Alexandra Diez Sanchez-Tabernero
Ottalie Hay
Esmée Haefner
Shihan (Helen) He
Amber Hilton
Zimo (Emily) Huang
Marvellous Idowu-Titus
Rosie Ilott
Syeda Zainab Jawad
Ikei (Luciana) Jiang
Emma Kovalchuk
Emilia Lazenby
Tsz Hei (Maia) Lee
Ivory Leung
Yichen (Lilian) Li
Yuchen Liu
Poppy McClymont
Emily Mulford
Sasha Paterson
Scarlett Porter
Carmen Ren
Bianca Squire
Zara Sutherland
Chloe Wang
Ngaihiu (Elisa) Wang
Araminta Winkworth
Ziyi (Summer) Xu
Jinhan (Katy) Yao
Gabrielle Yue
Ai Lun (Ellen) Zhu
Tanitoluwa Akeju
Ojuolape Ayoola
Charlotte Benson
Emilia Bushnell
Sophie Chow
Aleksandra Cork
Imogen Daley
Lahja Hart
Flora Hay
Natalie Hui
Zilan Kan
Audrey King
Catherine McConnell
Lorna Meyrick
Tatiana Montanari
Louise Novatin
Lara (Isadora) Pears Newton
Scarlett Porter
Ottavia Ryan
Chloe Stewart
Margaret Tam
Chloe Wang
Amy Wood
Alice Barber
Alice Boyle
Serena Browne
Isabella de Arcangelis
Hedy Dong
Lydia Isadora Dyer
Camilla Hale
Natalie Hui
Olivia McClintock
Tatiana Montanari
Yan Qi (Angelina) Shek
Margaret Tam
Maria Taraban
Ameerah Abidoye
Oluwakoyinsola Akeju
Tanitoluwa Akeju
Cymbeline Attwater
Juliette Bale
Sophie Bartley
Alice Boyle
Emilia Bushnell
Natasha Chandra
Zhi Yu Tiffany Cheong
Wing Yu (Hailey) Chiu
Isabella de Arcangelis
Hedy Dong
Allegra (Issy) Edelsten
Charlotte Foulkes
Camilla Hale
Siqi Huang
Natalie Hui
Zourui (Ray) Li
Yuchen Liu
Olivia McClintock
Honor McMyn
Honor McNair Scott
Tatiana Montanari
Emily Mulford
Hyunmin (Becky) Oh
Tomi Olunuga
Eimear Planner
Carmen Ren
Yan Qi (Angelina) Shek
Margaret Tam
Maria Taraban
Ngaihiu (Elisa) Wang
Song Heng (Claudia) Wu
Ruoxi (Jasmine) Yang
Jinhan (Katy) Yao
Gabrielle Yue
Jocelyn Yue
Enyi (Christina) Zhao
Ai Lun (Ellen) Zhu

 

Music Seniors

Alice Boyle & Olivia McClintock Heads of Music

Camilla Hale Head of Choral

Charlotte Mackinnon Deputy Head of Choral

 

Thanks

With thanks to the Music Department team including our Visiting Music Team, Mr George Laing and the AV Team, the Marketing Team and the Estates Department.

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