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HEAD ON… Raising the roofApril 20th, 2017
It’s amazing to think that Monmouth School for Girls opened its doors over 25 years before women were given the right to vote.
This year marks the school’s 125th anniversary, and we have lined up an exciting array of events to celebrate its rich history.
Kicking off the proceedings, more than 400 children performed in a momentous concert at St David’s Hall in Cardiff.
Pupils were joined on stage by Old Girls, current staff and professional musicians as they played a series of stunning pieces to more than 800 audience members recently.
The concert was a truly collaborative event, as pupils and staff from Monmouth School Boys’ Prep, Monmouth School Girls’ Prep, and both senior schools together with Monmouth Male Voice Choir sang, strummed and plucked their hearts out.
Challenging music by Khachaturian, Stravinsky and Bernstein was executed perfectly by the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools Symphony Orchestra, and the Senior Strings gave an outstanding performance of Dag Wirén’s Serenade for Strings.
In a glorious finale, everyone on stage wowed the crowd with a stirring rendition of In These Stones Horizons Sing by Karl Jenkins, directed by Monmouth School for Girls’ Mario Conway.
The beloved teacher, who is retiring this summer after 35 years of loyal service to the school, was given a standing ovation at the end of the show.
I’m so very proud of all the hard work by our pupils and staff. It was particularly wonderful to welcome Old Girl, Professor Jane Glover CBE, to the stage. The world-renowned Mozart conductor shows our current musicians just what is possible with hard work and passion for music.
We are delighted that Professor Glover has agreed to be a patron as Monmouth School for Girls launches its appeal for a new performing arts centre.
Still to come, we have a commemorative summer ball, an Old Girls’ reunion, and a Monmouth School for Girls alumnae sports day and lunch.
And award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author, Clare Balding OBE, will be speaking at a special evening event in October.