I’ve received a smarmy approach from a PR flak, previously unknown to me, asking for favourable coverage of a Royal fundraiser for the Purcell School.
It goes so far as to offer interviews with the governors – those same governors who have refused to say a word about the sudden departure of the headmaster four months ago. I’m guessing they have no more to say about it now. Until the school comes clean, I cannot see there is much to celebrate for its 50th birthday. Here is the back story, untouched by Britain’s national press. PR letter follows.
I hope you are well.
I would like to bring a forthcoming event to your attention. Please find attached a release promoting a forthcoming concert at the Royal Festival Hall, to support Purcell School for Young Musician’s 50th anniversary. HRH Prince Charles is a patron of the school and is a staunch supporter of the school and of the event.
Directed by internationally acclaimed conductor, Paul Daniel, the concert will feature a lineup of famous alumni soloists from the Purcell School of Music including Robert Cohen cello, Nicholas Daniel oboe, Jack Liebeck violin, Catrin Finch harp, Tim Thorpe horn and Jianing Kong piano, accompanied by talented young musicians in the Purcell School Symphony Orchestra.
The school was founded in 1962 by Rosemary Rapaport and Irene Foster with the aim to become the first specialist music school of its kind. It has gone on to become just that; nurturing young musicians in an environment where they can develop their musical, academic and social skills with like minded youngsters. They presently house 180 talented musicians in their Hertfordshire site which is both a boarding and day school and takes students on by audition, based on talent, regardless of background and experience. The school remains predominantly funded by the Government’s Music and Dance Scheme with its own scholarship fund which ensures all pupils join the school on the strength of their musical potential irrespective of the parents’ ability to pay.
Some of the successful alumni and governors who are taking part in the event are happy to be interviewed to support the event (i.e. composer Stephen Endleman, governor and ex pupil Janice Woolley), please let me know if this is of interest to you.
We would love to invite you to the event with a view to writing a review. It will be held on the 19th March at The Royal Festival Hall. Please let me know if you are available to attend.
Do not hesitate to let me know if you have any queries. I look forward to hearing from you soon.