Percussion concert 28 June 2011 Parry Hall
Two professors and ten students from Trinity College of Music came to Eton on the 28th June. They gave a masterclass to a group of very lucky Etonians who learned specialist techniques on drum kit, bongos and congas as well as the very difficult art of four-mallett marimba playing. Three of the Etonians were then recruited to play in the famous Edgar Varese piece "Ionisation" which features a huge array of instruments including sirens and string-drums. The result was a spectacular concert which lifted the roof of the Parry Hall. A bank of marimbas and xylophones playing pieces as varied as "When I’m Sixty-four" to Mussorgsky’s "Pictures at an Exhibition". The Etonians were then invited to join the Trinity students in a repeat performance of the programme as part of the Trinity College of Music lunchtime recital series in Greenwich, the following day.