In advance of St Cecilia’s Day on 22nd November, the
patron saint of music and musicians, Repton School marked the Day with an
address in chapel.
Dr Peter Siepmann, Head of Academic Music at Repton School, spoke
on the power and place of music in our lives and the comfort music, particularly
ancient music, can provide in difficult times. The question of whether music
can resolve conflict was also posed and Repton pupils were introduced to the West-Eastern
Divan Orchestra, a youth orchestra founded in 1999 by Daniel Barenboim and
Edward Said and composing of musicians from countries in the Middle East.
Dr Siepmann’s concluded his address with the following summary:
“Music can communicate the deepest emotions of the human experience, it can connect
us with our past, it can comfort us, it can encourage collaboration, friendship
and a sense of common purpose. Whether you count yourself as a musician or not,
whether you count yourself as a Christian or not, let us all try to embody
these qualities in the way we live our lives this St Cecilia’s Day and every
To access Dr Siepmann’s full address, please see tinyurl.com/ybwvdug2