Music Scholars’ Recital – Calne Festival

Once again, Marlborough College Music Scholars produced a remarkable feast of music at their annual appearance at the Calne Festival. It really was very good and talent was in abundance. Emily Ambrose (MO Hu) and Poppy McGhee (NC Re) opened proceedings with excellent precision and ensemble in Telemann’s Sonata in A minor for two recorders with Emily appearing later in the programme with a performance of distinction in Kreutzer’s Variations for bassoon and Poppy McGhee appearing on the violin in a presentation which offered wonderful drama and flare in Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy.

Alice Wood (MO U6) was a sophisticated soloist in Cimarosa’s Oboe concerto in C and Bella Bowman (MO Re) and Henry Dukes (BH L6) showed tremendous poise and musicianship in a performance of Mozart’s Bei männern from The Magic Flute. Timon Staehler (C2 U6) produced an accomplished and mature performance of Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in C minor revealing true integrity, with Henry Bentley (TU L6) providing an appropriate contrast as he sang with sincerity and charm in Butterworth’s Love blows as the wind blows.

A change of mood followed with a serene and expressive rendition from Ben Spink (SU U6) of Flor Peeters’ Aria from the Sonata in B flat for trumpet and piano. Camilla Brebbia (NC Hu) delighted the audience with a brilliantly characterised version of Adelaide’s Lament and Miya Scott (MO U6) brought the concert to a close with a classy performance of Schumann’s Adagio and allegro for violin and piano. Miss T was at her dazzling best and the full audience in attendance in the delightful surroundings of Marden House clearly thoroughly enjoyed this celebration of quality young musicians.

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director

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