Awe is a wonderful thing. I am, however, not a fan of the word awesome; I suppose it feels a little too american for comfort within my generally anglicised vocabulary. Awe-inspiring on the other hand, I do like; it is something that we like to see as often as possible in schools. But from time to time, there is a rare day when awesome and awe-inspiring both fit the occasion.
One such occasion came a few days ago when I heard that one of our Year 13 students, Billy Hoggmascall, has been short-listed for an amazing composition prize, the Future Blend Project. The music competition attracts entries from composers from around the world, many of them professional musicians. Our Billy, who has just turned 18, finds himself in some very esteemed company as a finalist in the competition. They have all created a composition for harp and will come together with their partnered harpist at the final in early January, to be held within a very beautiful medieval building in Warwick, the Lord Leycester Hospital.
I suspect the ‘Hidden Gem Concert’ will also be an evening filled with awe. I am looking forward to being there.