Review: Evening Pupils’ Recital

Evening recitals have a special charm.  They are traditionally more intimate occasions and offer an alternative mood from the larger scale orchestra and choral performances.  

The November Evening Recital was a fine example of just that, with some truly engaging and persuasive contributions from both music scholars and non-music scholars alike. The flute featured heavily throughout (somewhat surprisingly, though not unwelcome), interspersed with a fascinating display of other instruments and ensembles, all to good effect and to the delight of an absolutely packed Goodison Hall.

James Eyles (flute) (LI L6), got things under way with a sophisticated and imaginatively ornamented spot of Bach, followed by some sensitive and stylish Telemann from Luke Smith (CO L6) on cello.  Alex Dunlop (flute) (MO Re) offered a spirited and positive performance, with Henry Bentley showing great potential and some fine lyrical playing in Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto. The Saxophone Ensemble offered further variety and a change of colour in a bouncy, well blended performance of ‘Lady Be Good’, Eliza Cameron (MM L6) showed great composure and considerable polish in her Mozart ‘Rondo’ and Miya Scott’s (MO Re) expressive and passionate rendition of Bruch’s beautiful ‘Romance’ showed much promise.  Rory Lynas (LI Hu) produced an impressive performance on trombone (quality of sound and intonation were particularly special) and with Sarah Mattinson (flute) (MM U6) bringing the concert to a close with her usual finesse and exquisite star quality this was altogether a most enjoyable and uplifting occasion.  Bravo all.

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director

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