Music Scholars’ Gala Concert

Category: Music, General, Pupil Achievements

A little earlier in the calendar than in previous years, the annual London Music Scholars’ Gala Concert took place at its established venue, namely the beautiful Princess Alexandra Hall at the Royal Over-Seas League. 

The concert was a celebration not only of established talent from our Upper Sixth scholars, but also of emerging potential with pupils from the Remove to Lower Sixth making significant and valuable contributions.

An enthusiastic audience greeted the performances in an eclectic programme, mainly consisting of chamber music with some solo items thrown in.  Proceedings commenced with a bright and purposeful performance from the ten-piece Brass Ensemble, a brave and articulated rendition of Vivaldi’s woodwind trio and a spirited, virtuosic display from Molly Corfield (MM L6) and Florence Tuckey (EL Re) in a xylophone duo.  A more reflective and well-characterised performance offered a change of scenery in Purcell’s Chaconne for string quartet and with the Chamber Choir’s refined, precise and well-crafted delivery to close the first half, the scene was set for some real musical highlights in the second. 

Mozart wrote two piano quartets and we were treated to the first movement of the G minor Quartet by Ciara Parker-Northeast (CO U6), Eleanor Tuckey (EL U6), James Watson and Clare Toomer which yielded good stylistic awareness and some truly expressive playing. 

Jonathan Venn (C3 U6) has emerged as a singer of considerable distinction in recent times, and his moving and atmospheric rendition of three songs from A Shropshire Lad set the scene for sophisticated, compelling and entirely mature music making from both Sarah Mattinson (MM U6) and Helena Mackie (MO U6) in two solo performances on flute and oboe respectively. 

The Jazz Quartet, led by Georgia Gibson (EL U6) and admirably backed by Luke Smith (CO L6), George Cayley (CO U6) and Sarah Mattinson brought the evening to a close with a refreshing change of mood and style offering great ensemble awareness enhanced by Georgia Gibson’s mellifluous and elegant style.  Altogether, a special occasion for which the pupils should be proud.

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director

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