Music
Matters
Dragon Director of Music, John Madden,
sums up why music is such an important
element of the curriculum and of Dragon life.
Dragon musicians rounded off a busy musical
summer with a trip to Germany where the
Concert Band, Big Band and Dragonetti Strings
gave four concerts in the Moselle region.
As well as this energetic tour, the spring
and summer saw a cornucopia of concerts,
trips and other musical events: a wind, brass
and percussion workshop day at Eton, a choir
trip to Lisbon, a string workshop at the school
with Tasmin Little and the appearance of the
Dragon Big Band in the final of the National
Festival of Music for Youth at the Sir Adrian
Boult Hall in Birmingham were just some of the
highlights. There were also the regular delights
such as the small-scale Informal Concerts and
the flagship School Concerts featuring the
main ensembles. The season ended with our
annual appearance at Oxford’s Jaqueline du
Pré Music Building in an evening showcasing
the very best of Dragon musicians.
These public and whole school
performances are just part of the music story
at the Dragon. John Madden, a composer and
keyboard specialist, heads a strong team who
run a lively and diverse music programme for
all the children. He gave
Dragons Today
some
thoughts on why music matters.
Making Moselle music
Musical Dragons
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