Professional musicians and St Albans school orchestra to join forces for special concert

Clockwise from left: Debbie Diamond, Kati Debretzeni, Kinga Gáborjáni, Karen Dore and Heather Birt.

Clockwise from left: Debbie Diamond, Kati Debretzeni, Kinga Gáborjáni, Karen Dore and Heather Birt. - Credit: Supplied

Renowned professional musicians will join forces with a St Albans school orchestra for a special performance.

Children from Alban City School are to support a group of distinguished musicians at St Peter’s Church.

The hour-long celebration of music through the ages, entitled A Musical Journey, will take place on Sunday, April 29 at 3.45pm.

All of the professionals are teachers and parents at the school.

The strings – violinists Debbie Diamond, Heather Birt and Kati Debretzeni and cellist Kinga Gáborjáni – are leading members of orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of Ancient Music and the English Baroque Soloists.

Pianist Karen Dore is the founder and director of St Albans Music Academy.

Alban City Orchestra consists of 38 children from Reception to Year 5.

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They started rehearsing together in January and this will be their first public performance.

Debbie Diamond said: “The range of instruments is unique.

“A traditional orchestra usually has a good balance of strings, plus a wind and brass section.

“We currently have one viola, two cellos, 13 violins, five flutes, four clarinets, one trumpet, one guitar, and an impressive 11 keyboard/percussion players.

“Our mission has been to create an inclusive and friendly orchestra, where all children feel welcome and valued.”

Kati Debretzeni added: “The concert came about as the need for replenishing the school’s music fund became evident.

“It would be wonderful to be able to establish scholarships to help with the cost of instrumental tuition.

“We hope to see the music-loving community of St Albans support this event.”

Janet Goddard, co-headteacher of Alban City School, said: “We are really looking forward to the concert, where a group of world-renowned musicians are coming together to perform for our community.

“Our school orchestra will contribute a small segment to the proceedings.

“We offer a very warm welcome to the wider community; please come along and enjoy the concert.”

Tickets cost £9, £7.50 for concessions, and under-10s are free.

All profits will be donated to the Alban City School Music Fund.

• Tickets are available from the school office at 7 Hatfield Road or online at