On Sunday 2nd February, Dulwich Prep hosted one of the preliminary rounds of The Pro Corda National Music Festival for Schools. The Festival is held in February and March each year and tours schools around the country through qualifying and regional semi-final rounds, culminating in a finals day at a prodigious performance venue. The strength of chamber music at the Prep was clear to all, with 6 groups registered to play in this year’s event. They included boys from Years 6, 7 and 8. Each group played splendidly and delighted the staff, parents and supporters who came to listen. After each group’s performance, the boys were given a 10 minute adjudication and masterclass. These were led by the splendid Pro Corda adjudicators, Andrew Quatermain and Laura Feeney whose wise and helpful comments will only have enhanced each group’s performance and also given guidance as to the boys’ development as chamber musicians. The School was, once again, strongly represented in this year’s competition. Huge thanks go to Mr and Mrs Hewitt-Jones who work with the boys who participated this year. We eagerly await to see if any of our groups are fortunate enough to proceed further in the competition.