Pupils’ Evening Recital

At the end of a very busy Summer term, it was such a treat to hear some of the College’s pupils give a recital of the highest standard.

In the newly refurbished Memorial Hall with a beautifully intimate feel to the evening, Jason Kellinger (C3 L6) opened the concert with an arresting and bold rendition of the first movement of Neruda’s trumpet concerto. The top C’s in Mozart’s ‘Alleluia’ from Exultate Jubilate are a challenge for even the most advanced singer, but Bella Bowman (MO Sh) made them soar and ring throughout the Hall with such ease and clarity of sound. Isabella Morley (DA Re) gave a suitably meditative performance of Borowski’s Adoration, and Monty Pretor Pinney (B1 Re) played Joplin’s A New Rag with great dexterity and a real sense of style.

Franck’s Violin Sonata is hailed as possibly one of the finest sonatas ever written for the violin, and Allegra Hannan’s (NC Sh) presentation was brilliantly sonorous. Coco Bradley (DA L6), Eve James (IH L6), and Camilla Brebbia (NC Re) all sang with a warm and rich tone and Lena Barton’s (MM L6) interpretation of Ukena’s Funk No II demonstrated impressive technique as the timpani thundered along.

Ziguenerweisen by Sarasate is a real tour-de-force in the string repertoire, and Poppy McGhee (NC Sh) left the audience in absolute awe with this polished performance; she was then joined by Isla Scott (DA Re) and Allegra Hannan in Mclean’s Czardas – another incredibly exciting piece for this young string trio. Zacch Lines (BH L6) produced an energetic performance of the first movement of Kabalevsky Violin Concerto in C, and Alexandra Dunlop’s (MO L6) delicate and poignant interpretation of Mozart’s Flute Quartet No 1 in D major demonstrated excellent dexterity and a pure quality of tone.

The concert closed with a return from study leave by Finn Kverndal (C1 U6) who played Debussy’s Reflets dans l’eau; this strikingly haunting and mesmorising piece demands great technical skill and a command for interpretation, and he certainly did not disappoint.

With exams now complete for all year groups, it is inspiring to hear how dedicated the musicians at Marlborough are to their musical studies. What an incredible concert after a long term; to all those involved in this evening (with special thanks to Claire Toomber and Marius Baldrey for their outstanding accompanying), Bravo!

Adam Staines

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