In the first evening recital of the new academic year, we were treated to some memorable moments with much to cherish and celebrate. With repertoire ranging from Mozart to Elizabeth Machonchy, this was an eclectic mix of repertoire and a fascinating spectacle throughout.
Bella B began with an expressive and well projected performance, dramatically and superbly contrasted by Oscar B on bagpipes, followed by a fluent and musical rendition of Chopin’s Fantasy Impromptu from Chicha N. Gongpob P showed remarkable potential and clear progress on trombone, Lara R delivered great control and poise, whilst Fred V tackled Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with persuasive musical shapes and colours.
Liv M offered terrific spirit and character in the quirky Pierette by Chaminade, Daisy D had the appropriate lilt and charm in Kurt Weill’s Speak Low, and in preparation for a forthcoming concerto appearance Allegra H gave us a glimpse of the necessary romance and portamenti in Bruch’s Violin Concerto (slow movement).
The penultimate performance was given by Molly D, in an intelligent and precise reading of Hindemith’s Oboe Sonata, and Poppy M brought proceedings to a close with a magical, aptly misty and moving presentation of Vaughan Williams’ evergreen Lark Ascending.
As always profound thanks to our accompanists, firstly Miss Toomer, and secondly Mr Brown, making his performing debut for the department to great effect.