Review: Calne Music Festival Recital

After a whirlwind start to the term which saw four public concert performances from Music Scholars in one week alone, the run of outings was completed with the annual pilgrimage for a recital at the Calne Festival on a beautiful, crisp autumn day.

There was nothing autumnal about the performances, however, as once again, Music Scholars gave a display of everything associated with the spring of youth.

Ciara Parker-Northeast opened proceedings with a delightful and characterful presentation of Sammartini’s Sonata for Recorder and Continuo and as a perfect contrast, Finn Kverndal produced an impassioned interpretation of Grieg’s masterly piano sonata.  Further intrigue followed with Koechlin’s Epitaphe de Jean Harlow, beautifully crafted and shaped by Sarah Mattinson and Georgia Gibson on flute and saxophone respectively, and thereafter, Salome Northridge’s exquisite and persuasive delivery of Mozart’s Deh Vieni, prompted a mini standing ovation from one happy punter!

The setting of Marden House is ideal for a recital of this nature: good acoustics, intimacy, and a pleasing visual spectacle with the walls so colourfully adorned with an array of paintings.  Jon Lam’s Chopin Nocturne further enhanced the spirit of the occasion and with the Scott sisters, Shona and Miya (and new Head of Strings, Mr Scott in support too) offering a dedicated and gutsy performance of Dvorak’s Miniatures for String Trio, this was a concert that suggested that whilst the seasons may change, music at Marlborough College remains constant, and constantly engaging and vibrant.

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director

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