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Early tributes

On Friday 21 November the Great Hall (at Lichfield Cathedral School) played host to a very enjoyable evening of Baroque classics performed by the recently formed Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra (DECO), Lichfield Cathedral’s own orchestra.

Led by Alex Laing (Head of Strings at Lichfield Cathedral School) time passed quickly as the talented musicians, including Robin Crinson on oboe and Philip Scriven on harpsichord, played music from Bach, Handel and Pachelbel.

The atmosphere was delightful and the evening warmed by Alex who offered a brief and informative overview of each piece. It was a truly memorable and ‘feel-good’ occasion for all and particularly inspirational for all of the children watching. We really are very privileged to have such talented musicians on our doorstep. Please support them!

Nicola Howdle


Thank you so much for all you did to make yesterday’s composition workshop so successful. Everybody really benefited, and enjoyed the occasion. … The willingness of all of you to provide such a variety of stimulating and thoughtful comments and ideas was just what was required.

Michael Harris, Organist and Master of the Music of St Giles’ Cathedral, who hosted the Schools’ Composition Workshop.

Thank you for providing our pupils with the opportunity to have their compositions worked on and performed by the Darwin Ensemble. It was such an enjoyable day for us all; the interaction between the composers and performers was positive, engaging and industrious … an exciting and rewarding experience.

Sophie Buckingham: Music teacher at George Watson’s College, Edinburgh


Both composers and the audience of Academy students were thrilled to hear their own music played so sensitively by professional musicians not much older than themselves.

Banchory Academy, 2006