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25th March 2019

Spring Grove Music Festival Finals!

On Sunday 17th March the Spring Grove Care Home hosted the first finals of this year’s festival.  Two DAOS groups had been invited back to take part:

The Y8 String Quartet – Tara Rodrigues, Anya Dedic, Rufus Jasko and Martha Butler and the DAOS Close Harmony Group – Hannah Blundell, Jessica Hitchcock, Rachel Williams, Sasha Little, Doraly Gill, Megan Manly, Len Metson, Dan Jack, Joe Loveday, Milo Anderson and Theo Gill.

The audience were treated to a feast of music-making, and we also enjoyed hearing some other DAOS musicians performing with their out-of-school groups.  The two DAOS groups performed with great confidence and sense of style in their respective repertoire.

We were very excited at the end of the afternoon when the Close Harmony Group was declared the winner of the Popular Music Section, with all performers receiving medals and certificates, as well as a trophy, presented to them by Sue Macgregor (of Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme and ‘Woman’s Hour’ among others).

Well done to all involved!

DAOS take part in Chamber Music Festival Concert!

Just around the corner from the Houses of Parliament and the Brexit stand-off, the church of St John’s Smith Square hosted an altogether more harmonious affair on Tuesday 19th March evening as the chamber groups selected from the festival across the South East region performed on stage in this beautiful venue.

Sixteen groups from schools, including Henrietta Barnett, Harrow and Highgate schools, among others, took to the stage.  The DAOS Y10 String Quartet won over their audience with the passion and technical panache of their performance of Mendelssohn’s string quartet in F minor op. 81, 1st movement.  Congratulations to Gabriella Bavetta, Aiko Kelly, Kayla Nicol and Katherine Vincent!

The DAOS Year 13 String Quintet were programmed to bring the evening’s performances to a close, and their deeply musical and communicative performance of the first movement of Mozart’s G minor string quintet certainly provided a fitting finale to an evening of wonderful music-making.  Congratulations to Robin Day, Jade Brooks, Sam Scheer, Theo Gill and Gordon Lee!