“Months of hard work had truly led to brilliant performances”

With 2022 being World Cup Year for both men’s and women’s football, on two warm November evenings, over 12 schools, 600 pupils, full youth orchestras and professional musicians came together to perform a new musical, Perfect Pitch celebrating football to sold out audiences across Surrey and Sussex in one of the largest youth music events in the South East since the Covid outbreak.

Choirs from the schools performed together with the Sussex and Surrey String county orchestras, the Bernardi Music Group’s String Academy and students from the renowned Yehudi Menuhin School. With professional musicians also performing and coaching, the young people were delighted to take part and perform 2 concerts each night to packed audiences at Charterhouse in Surrey and Windlesham House in Sussex.

Audiences were also treated to fantastic performances of Nessun Dorma, the popular theme tune to Italia 90 World Cup. Leading Indian Tenor, Anando Mukerjee filled the venues with his voice and the young musicians accompanied him in the orchestra and also singing. For many of the performers and audience, this was their first time to hear live opera and they were thrilled!

With thanks to all the participating schools: Broadwater School, Cobham Free School, The Raleigh School, St Hilary’s School, St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School, Tormead Prep School, The Yehudi Menuhin School, Farlington School, Millais School, The Prebendal School, Southwater Junior Academy, The Weald School and String Academy.

Photos below: © Daniel Cook ?, courtesy Charterhouse School