Gallery: Pupils’ Evening Recital

Following on from the excellent Music Scholars’ Gala Concert at The Royal Academy of Music in London a few days earlier, our more local audience was treated to a roster of pretty much the same musicians in this concert but this time with a different choice of programme. The reasoning behind this was the need for those musicians to try out repertoire for forthcoming major instrumental examinations and concerts whilst still delivering an event in itself.

These days, major evening pupil recitals are held in the Mem Hall, which lends extra gravitas to the occasion, alongside the obvious benefit of performing in such a magnificent acoustic. It was a splendid show. Ned Finney (CO Hu) got things underway with a sincere display on voice which acted as the perfect overture for what was to follow: Poppy Evans (MM L6) (flute) delivering a warm and sensitive performance, James Watson (SU Hu) (marimba) revealing excellent inner rhythm and control, Alice Wood (MO U6) (contributing two works to the programme) at her lyrical and expressive best and Toby Watson’s (C3 L6) superb and witty rendition of The Tale of the Oyster providing real contrast.

Next came Sophie Smith (DA L6) (viola) with a precise and intelligent reading of Beethoven’s Notturno, Fleur White (EL L6) (flute) showed real promise in a well projected presentation, Jason Kellinger (C3 U6) impressively offered a sizeable work in two movements of Neruda’s Trumpet Concerto and a return to the stage for James Watson, this time on tuba provided a real treat in Capuzzi’s Rondo.

Another appearance from Sophie Smith on the piano performing Rachmaninov’s Elegie was a complete delight before Florence Tuckey (EL U6) gave us the wow factor with an impressive and highly musical display on marimba.

Altogether then, a resounding success in a week which unquestionably confirmed that music-making at Marlborough remains in very good heart.

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director

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