Review: Orchestral Concert

Category: Music, General, Events, Pupil Achievements

The promise for this concert was a glitzy occasion, littered with beautiful tunes and the Michaelmas Chamber Orchestra and Symphonic concert lived up to the expectation. 

A capacity Ellis Theatre audience was treated to music by Sibelius, Percy Fletcher, the evergreen and familiar music to Richard Rodgers The King and I, Carl Davis’s TV theme The World at War and concluded with Shostakovich’s ebullient and haunting Jazz Suite No 2

The Chamber Orchestra were in fine form under the new and dynamic direction of Hector Scott who coaxed a highly organised and polished performance from the strings.   Articulation and precision were the absolute highlights and it is clear that despite being early days for many of these young performers there can be much to look forward to in the years ahead.

Amidst the flamboyant and energetic overall effect of the Symphony Orchestra, throughout their performance were some notable solo contributions:  Leader Ciara Parker-Northeast (CO U6) and principal cellist Luke Smith (CO L6) should be congratulated on negotiating some tricky solos in Carl Davis’s powerful The World at War TV series and in both The King and I and the Shostakovich there were equally fine and accomplished solos from principal flautist Sarah Mattinson (MM U6), principal oboe and cor anglais player Helena Mackie (MO U6), principal trombonist Rory Lynas (LI Hu), principal saxophonist Georgia Gibson (EL U6) and percussionist Molly Corfield (MM L6).  The impact on the delighted audience was an exuberant and committed display of colour, commitment and quality which was a just reward for the significant amount of effort and preparation that went in to this demanding programme.

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director

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