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Budding Blue Coat composers are having a rare chance to hear their own string quartet pieces played by the some of Britain’s best musicians in a new Music Department project.

A Liverpool String Quartet, the Ensemble of St. Luke’s, comprising of members of the string section of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, is leading the one year project with several visits to Blue Coat School for Years 12 and 13 Music students, playing their compositions, giving advice and support on playing, public performances and competitions.

The project is part of the Music A Level course, in which Music students from Grades 7, 8 and 8 plus have an option to compose string quartets. The style is a matter of their choice and inspiration ranges from Haydn to Shostakovich.

An impressive total 14 Music students in Years 12 and 13 are taking part and, as the standard of their compositions is so high, it is hoped to include a selection in the A Level Music Recital in May 2019.

Mr Emery, Head of Music, initiated the idea and said: “I knew the Liverpool String Quartet had done something similar at Hope University and so I invited them to Blue Coat.

“It’s absolutely great to have them come here and play live. Our students will learn so much hearing their music played at such a high standard. I know the students and the Quartet have really enjoyed the experience.

“I’m very pleased with both the standards of their quartet compositions and that we’ve got so many students involved in the project.”

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