So impressive has the output from Marlburian musicians been this term, that we were forced to present an unscheduled evening recital to cater for their public performance demands. Following on from the outstanding Music Scholars’ Gala Concert in London last Sunday which predominantly focused on chamber music, this was an equally persuasive occasion, this time featuring solo repertoire.
Ryan Yin began with a detailed and articulate performance on piano, which was followed by the expressive and lyrical Grace P (U6), with Bo G (Sh) offering a spirited and passionate display throughout. Jenny J (U6) was both elegant and brave as she tackled two movements of Beethoven’s Op.10 Piano Sonata, Emilia de B (L6) engaged with real freshness and polish, and Theo M (Re) showed sincerity and musicality in his Debussy rendition. Emily C (L6) then produced a highly sophisticated and accomplished presentation and Chicha N (L6) was both dramatic and committed in more solo Beethoven. Poppy M (L6) demonstrated tremendous virtuosity and dynamic contrast in Wieniawski’s Faust Fantasy, and before Emily A (U6) brought the curtain down with a well-projected and classy performance on bassoon, Camilla B (U6) produced a beautiful and heartfelt palate cleanser in Monteverdi’s adagiati, Poppea Oblivion.
Special thanks should also go once again to Miss Toomer for her expert piano accompaniment.
The sheer appetite for music-making in all areas of the Music Department remains undiminished, and that is a joy to behold.
Bravo, one and all.