Music Scholars’ Gala Concert

Category: Music, General, Events

Royal Over-Seas League, London – Monday 16th November 2015

Arguably, one of the most important and rewarding musical mediums is that of chamber music.  It promotes all sorts of wonderful things:  collaboration, communication, organisation and a sense of collective participation and fulfilment in performance.  The value of that in education is immense and it was clear from the success of the Music Scholars’ Gala performance at the Royal Over-Seas League that in producing a programme that was predominantly chamber music-based, these considerations had been fully embraced. 

It was an ambitious programme, perhaps one of our most ambitious in recent memory, with a healthy blend of both Upper School and Lower School Music Scholars alongside the odd non-scholar reflecting considerable depth of talent and interest across all year groups.  A packed Princess Alexandra Hall witnessed some outstanding contributions.  The Brass Quintet opened proceedings with a polished account of Ewald’s 3rd Quintet, followed by persuasive and sensitive performances from the Lower School String Quintet, the Mozart Oboe Quartet and the Schubert Trout Quintet.  The Telemann Quartet (a mixed woodwind and string ensemble) also performed with real freshness and zest alongside energetic and purposeful piano playing from both Thor and Finn Kverndal (C1 U6 & Re).  With an excellent contribution of a Tarantelle from Hattie Cockerill (MO U6) and Sarah Mattinson (MM L6) and a tempting and effective contribution from the Jazz Quartet the evening was rounded off in style by Thor Kverndal (C1 U6, Scherzo in Bb by Chopin) and Lizzie Daniels (IH U6) in a sparkling rendition of Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.   Clare Toomer once again was the brilliant accompanist throughout.

A special night performed by special people to the delight of all.  Bravo!

Philip Dukes

Artistic Director
Twitter: @MCol_Music

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