Fridays here usually involve cake and silliness. Last Friday added something new to the mix, when Chief Exec. Craig Dean and I ended up going to the Oldham Schools Music Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. As a company, we pride ourselves on placing great value in passionate people, including people with passion for extra-curricular activities such as sporting and musical pursuits.
A keen pianist since a young age, Craig always enjoys watching musical performances – he recently fan-boyed at Take That Live – and before handing out certificates to all the excellent performers, he spoke of the shared traits that successful software developers and musicians tend to have. Chief among these traits are meticulous attention to detail, a love of learning, an ability to spot a pattern, and an excitement when creating something new.
Speaking of shared traits, did you know that when Albert Einstein wasn’t busy being a theoretical physicist he was an avid pianist and violinist? It has been said that many of Einstein’s early theories were first written whilst he was sat at the piano in his modest flat. Craig recalled a quote by Einstein, alleging the genius of Mozart, saying the composer was ‘not of this world’.
The school bands putting their talents on display played arrangements from an incredible range of genres, from Bach to The Beatles, The Proclaimers to Purcell and everything in between. The adjudicator for the festival described his pleasure at witnessing such variety in the performances, and noted the consistent “bright tone” of the ensembles that took to the stage from schools across the region.
It’s hard to capture the essence of a week of musical performances in 7 seconds, and my Vine skills are still in development – however, we live in a world where everything must be bite-size, so here it is, The Oldham Schools’ Music Festival, the condensed version.
On behalf of the company, I’d like to say a massive thank you to Gerard Booth of the Oldham Music Service for his assistance with the sponsorship, and congratulations to all schools and institutions involved. See you next year!