A musical celebration of Laudato Si
Students from Jesuit schools’ Donhead Preparatory, St John’s Beaumont and Wimbledon College did themselves proud with a fantastic performance at Sacred Heart church in Wimbledon last Friday 11th October.
Instruments of Creation was a concert designed to highlight the effects of climate change in a unique way with students from each school composing their own pieces using recycled materials.
The Dionysus Ensemble worked with students at all three schools over three afternoon workshops. They started by brainstorming ideas about what climate change meant to them and then looking at the different sounds that could be used to illustrate their ideas. Each school came up with completely different ideas for their individual pieces.
Donhead Preparatory: Pollution, Storms & Floods
Wimbledon College: Machines & Deforestation / Arctic Melting
St John’s Beaumont: Storms & Forest Fires
Two students from Donhead, Nathanael Coggan and Angus Turnbull, as well as Lorenzo Bennett from Wimbledon College also performed solos.
Leonie Adams of The Dionysus Ensemble said, “It was really great to work with the boys over the past month, they created some brilliant music which was beautifully performed, and their creativity really shone. It was so much fun to compose and explore the themes of climate change and recycling with the students.”
The Dionysus Ensemble are a virtuosic ensemble with a string quartet at its core and are the first ever ensemble to be appointed in residence for the Commonwealth Resounds. During the evening they performed four pieces.
Over 100 people attended the event and although there was no entrance fee, Jesuit Missions received £500 in donations which will be used to support their work around the world with vulnerable communities.