Powderham Castle Musicians Visit


In November, promising music students at Bramdean enjoyed attending an event which was part of a series of ‘Afternoon Concerts for Schools’.

The concerts are a unique opportunity for young people to experience quality classical music, in the beautiful James Wyatt Music Room of the iconic Powderham Castle, near Exeter. The students were taken through the castle and marvelled at the stunning architecture, especially the hidden doors which appear to be book cases!




The concert was performed by the remarkable ‘Alko String Quartet’, which is currently in residence at The Royal College of Music and their programme included excerpts by Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert.

A review in The Times describes this quartet as having ‘…astonishing, stylistic and tonal unanimity’.

The students were transfixed by the quartet’s dazzling technique and the various sounds which they created from their instruments.

They very much enjoyed the whole experience and hope to go to another concert in the future.


‘I particularly liked the different sounds made by the ’cello, especially when she turned her bow upside down and banged the sound box!’ (India Hopkins)


‘I really liked how the music made me relax and transported me to another place’. (Emma West)


‘When I grow up I’m going to be a second violin!’ (Jasmine West)


Mrs Lowles