Harrogate school's annual ‘Headmaster’s Concert’ replaced with virtual event

Young musicians from Harrogate’s Ashville College – who should have been performing in front of hundreds of parents, staff and governors at its annual Headmaster’s Concert today, Friday, July 3) – will instead be starring in a special virtual concert.

Friday, 3rd July 2020, 3:08 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd July 2020, 3:15 pm
Some of the young musicians from Harrogates Ashville College who will be performing at its annual Headmasters Concert - online!

The recital, which traditionally launches the school’s Celebration Weekend of events, has, along with all other associated activities including Speech Day, sadly been cancelled.

However, Anna Wilby, the College’s inspirational Director of Music, her team and a host of young musicians, have used all their skills and resources to create a unique online concert.

The event, which will be streamed “live” on Youtube from 5pm this Friday, features more than 70 individual musical performances by pupils who have been working hard over lockdown, guided by the College’s fantastic team of peripatetic music teachers who have been teaching their pupils online.

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The Music Department wanted to give the students the opportunity to perform to a wider audience than just their immediate family, and to celebrate all that they have achieved.

The department has also been working on a final celebratory piece which will be released on social media channels next week, marking the College getting to the end of a unique term.

Miss Wilby said: “This year has been like no other, and Ashville’s Music Department was determined to mark the end of the musical year on a high.

“The Headmaster’s Concert is always one of the highlights of the College calendar. It is an event that showcases the amazing talent we have here, at Ashville College.

“Instead, we have now created a virtual concert, featuring scores of individual performances.

“Whilst is has been somewhat of a challenge, it’s been incredibly exciting to put together.

“I’d like to thank all my colleagues, and the performers, who have helped in making this virtual concert memorable for all the right reasons, and one that will be remembered for many years to come.”

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