Pupils from Arnett Hills primary school in Rickmansworth had a memorable musical lunch break recently.
Thirty Year 6 children attended a classical music recital by star students from the Purcell School in Bushey.
The concert, which was held in Rickmansworth Baptist Church, was organised by Three Rivers Music Society and it proved to be an eye-opening experience for the Arnett Hills youngsters.
The concert featured music by Liszt, Mozart, and lesser-known composers such as the French-born American harpist Marcel Grandjany and England’s Jonathan Dove, a composer of operas, choral works and film music.
The concert outing was the idea of the school’s chair of governors, Mr Ash Patil, who also happens to be chair of the music society.
He said: “It was wonderful to see the children enjoying what was, for many of them, their first classical music concert.
“It was also especially good that they were able to hear such brilliant performances by the Purcell students, who are among the best young musicians in the country.”
Ten-year-old Aayush said: “I really enjoyed listening to the pianist. I never knew that a young person could play like that.”
His classmates, Daya and Keeley, were equally impressed by the singing while Harry liked the harpist best.
The children’s teaching assistant, Miss Lel Seymour, who runs the school choir, was also thrilled by the Purcell students’ performances.
She said: “They were incredible, and we had such a good conversation with our children afterwards about the music they had heard. It really reinforced the things we have been teaching them.”
All concerts organised by Three Rivers Music Society are free to those aged under 25. Further information at www.trms.elgar.org