Bow School

To boldly go where no man has gone before!

To boldly go where no man has gone before!


Space: the final frontier. On Friday the 24th June, Bow School students went on an exploratory expedition to the far ends of the Universe. Well, the District line. They are basically the same thing!

30 year 10 and 11 Music GCSE students and a number of performers from the previous ‘A Touch of Class(ical)’ concert were invited to a matinee performance of Holst’s The Planets suite at the Royal Albert Hall. Only one of the group had been to the iconic venue before the trip, and so it was an adventure for all concerned!

Pupils were captured by the performance given by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and particularly enjoyed the footage of NASA scientists explaining the similarities between the music and the planets themselves.

Other pieces in the programme included Also Sprach Zarathustra by Strauss (1896), better known as the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and A Short Ride in A Fast Machine by John Adams (1986). Pupils returned to school with an improved knowledge of orchestral instruments and a renewed appreciation for ensemble performance.