In a Spring Term dominated by Mahler’s huge Symphony No. 3, the first outing for 30 trebles was to the Royal Festival Hall where they performed under the baton of the youthful Jakub Hrůša and the Philharmonia Orchestra. It is Mahler’s longest piece and the longest symphony in standard repertoire, with a typical performance lasting around 90 to 105 minutes. For boys aged between 11 and 15 it is testament to their professionalism that they sat patiently until the 5th Movement where they joined the ladies of the Philharmonia Chorus imitating the ringing of bells.
‘The women of the Philharmonia Voices made a bright, full sound, and the boys sang with spirit, from memory.’ – Bachtrack
‘The boys of the Tiffin School and the ladies of the Philharmonia Voices were pert and clear as a bell’ – The Arts Desk