Review: Evening Pupils’ Recital

A shorter (but not short on quality) recital rounded off the first quarter of this even shorter term to excellent effect.  Virtually all performers on display were Music Scholars (and the few who weren’t might as well be) and as a consequence, this was a classy display of music making both in a technical and emotional capacity.

With fewer performers to acknowledge it might be invidious not to mention each presentation:  Jonathan Venn’s (C3 L6) sophisticated opener was a dream start (what a sound …), Shell Scholar, Florence Tuckey (EL Sh), delivered a performance of notable composure and control, Bella Patrick followed on from her impressive performance in the Liederabend earlier in the week with a moving rendition of Cole Porter’s ‘So in Love’, the Brass Quintet produced some fine form in a well-balanced, varied and colourful performance, Sarah Mattinson (MM L6) was her usual outstanding self (Sonata tonight), and after Eleanor Tuckey (EL L6) delivered a warm, expressive dose of Brahms the evening came to a close with the Gibson Jazz Quartet’s smoky, and where necessary, lively and articulated finale.

A fine spectacle indeed.

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director

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