Oldham students attend MiSST annual concert in Camden

Date published: 02 May 2024

This year the 11th MiSST Annual Concert was held at the iconic Roundhouse venue in Camden, London, and seven Hathershaw College students were selected for this event - some of whom had participated in previous concerts.

The students performed two pieces alongside others from across the MiSST (Music in Secondary School Trust) family and were also treated to performances from the MiSST Symphony Orchestra, MiSST Voices and MiLO (MiSST Leaders Orchestra).

All students joined for the Finale performance of 'One Day More' from Les Misérables.

Students across the concert had been working on their pieces over the last few months and their performances were outstanding.

Audience members included representatives of the charitable foundations who support MiSST, including The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Gareth Malone, parents and school senior leaders along with some incredibly proud music teachers.

At the end of the concert our students were already asking to go back next year!

MiSST currently works with 29 schools in the UK.

They work in schools that serve disadvantaged and often challenging communities, by providing not only funding for classical instruments, but also support in the form of regular tuition, opportunities to perform and a programme of excellence that is unrivalled in the UK.

Their mission is to be at the forefront of classical music education.

Each week, students at Hathershaw receive a music lesson which includes group tuition on a chosen instrument.

In September 2021, all students in Year 7 and 8 at Hathershaw will be playing Violin, Viola, Flute or Trumpet.

All students study the theory of music and are given opportunities to perform in lessons.

Each term students participate in a year group assembly to demonstrate their progress to peers, family and Hathershaw staff.

Externally, students have the opportunity to perform with students from the Radclyffe School who are also on the MiSST programme.

In future years Hathershaw hope to work closely with students from Chetham’s school of music.

In addition to the local opportunities available, students from Hathershaw are invited to participate at the MiSST Annual Concert at a prestigious venue in London - this will be at Queen Elizabeth II Hall on the Southbank.

Each year, MiSST operates a four-day music residential at Radley College in Oxford.

During this week students participate in a variety of musical and character building activities along with meeting other students from across the MiSST programme.

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