The first event marking King James’s 400th anniversary took place on Saturday 27th February and proved a resounding success.
Leeds Symphony Orchestra has been giving regular concerts at King James’s School since 1987 and Martin Binks, LSO’s conductor, brought together a popular programme for a special anniversary concert with a celebratory feel.
Headteacher Carl Sugden began the evening with a short speech about the school’s history and showed the audience the original school charter dating back to 1616. This was followed by Rossini’s Overture: The Siege of Corinth and a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat minor, featuring soloist William Green.
The interval gave the audience - which included a number of alumni - an opportunity to look at a range of archive materials on display and find out more about plans for celebrating the 400th anniversary throughout the year.
After the break, six King James’s students took to the stage to play brass music dating from 1616, the year of the school’s foundation. The students - Nat Martin, Adam Brown and Luke Morland (trombones) and Tom, James and Billy Butler (trumpets) - gave an excellent performance that was much appreciated by the audience. The concert ended with Brahms’ Symphony No 4 in E Minor.
Many thanks to all involved for a memorable start to King James’s 400th anniversary year.