Review – Music Scholars’ Gala Concert

Category: Music, General, Pupil Achievements

Music Scholar concerts and recitals are always special events. They are an opportunity to showcase some considerable talent from the very youngest to the more experienced and they seldom disappoint. 

This year's annual Music Scholars' gala recital in The Princess Alexandra Hall, at London's Royal Over-Seas League was no exception, and an array of beautifully crafted and well-prepared chamber music dazzled the assembled company.

The performance began with a regal and splendid display from the 10-piece brass ensemble with excellent contrast to follow from Annabel Chessher (LI L6) in a sophisticated and intricate performance of some solo Bach on guitar. With Anna Laakkonen (MO U6) producing a most sincere and pure performance of Handel's Farewell, ye limpid springs accompanied by a sensitive string ensemble, and a brave and well projected performance from the woodwind quartet, the first half was brought to a close with two contrasting but equally committed performances from both the piano duet (Jon Lam (C1 L6) and Finn Kverndal (C1 L6)) and the Chamber Choir, who were coaxed and moulded with precision by Choirmaster, Adam Staines.

The Schulhoff string quartet produced a performance of terrific spirit and energy followed by an excellent percussion duo from Molly Corfield (MM U6) and Florence Tuckey (EL Hu) before James Eyles (LI U6) excelled in a performance of Samuel Barber's Dover Beach accompanied by a fine string quartet. The evening was brought to a rousing finale as Pia von Wersebe (CO L6), Luke Smith (CO U6) and Jess Faber (CO L6) produced a highly commendable and musical performance of Mendelssohn’s D minor piano Trio.  Altogether, a most persuasive and memorable occasion.

Philip Dukes

Artistic Director

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