Beginners and Intermediate Concert

Following on from the Music Festival bonanza on Sunday, the Beginners and Intermediate informal recital offered a pleasing sequel and allowed a few lucky parents to attend that couldn’t make the ‘main event’.

This concert is all about emerging talent and they are popular occasions. A few gems emerge in the process and it also gives a number of more established Music Scholars the opportunity to try out second or even third study instruments in a less pressured arena.

Toby Morgan (CO Sh) began proceedings offering excellent tonal projection, Helvetica Haydn Taylor (NC Re) was clever in her use of rubato, Laura Newton (DA Re) showed impressive precision and control on marimba, whilst Mickey Wilkes (C3 Sh) demonstrated some nice open communication on voice. Lara Rusinov (MO Sh) was the first of a number of scholars offering a commendable contribution on her second study (piano), and the rapidly improving Hamish Macmillan (C2 Sh) produced a lusty tone with expressive vibrato on cello. The first of a number of duos featured Sophie Dunlop (MO Hu) and Phoebe Munn (DA Hu) (marimba and steel pans respectively) which proved a fascinating combination in exploring sonorities of sound. Lily Vere Nicoll (MO Re) produced an engaging, original and atmospheric song of her own entitled She Wolf, Jack Hall-Smith (B1 Sh) warmed to his task with good facility in a spot of Handel, Woody Wilson (LI Re) was certainly emotionally engaging on voice, and Hamish MacMillan appeared again this time with Flossie Robinson (NC Hu) in a crisply articulated duo for two cellos. Isabella Morley (DA Hu) created some very pleasing musical lines with good intonation in Mozart’s Agnus Dei, paving the way for another return by Phoebe Munn, this time on saxophone where she was joined for a full-blooded and robust performance by Naomi Hughan ((MM Hu), also on sax. Zacch Lines (BH U6) made his debut on viola (after just two lessons) and is unquestionably suited to the violin’s big brother, Olivia Miller (MO Sh) was both elegant and charming in Ibert’s Serenade and Monty Pretor-Pinney (B1 Hu) brought proceedings to a close with a dazzling finale full of dynamic contrast and dexterity in a four mallet Etude by Muski.

On this showing then, there is much to look forward to in the musical pipeline.

Bravo all.

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director

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