Following the success of the recent Emerging Talent Concert, we were once again treated to a full and high-quality recital – this time featuring more advanced pupils and performed in the more ‘demanding’ setting of the Memorial Hall. From a rousing rendition of ‘Flower of Scotland’ (Alexander M), we heard spirited movements from Vivaldi and Bach’s Double Violin Concertos (Otto R, Florence M, Idris S and Annabel S), followed by an atmospheric performance of ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ (James B) after which Arthur J delighted us with a polished presentation of Cooke’s Rondo.
George W was buoyant in John Beck’s Timpani Suite, whilst Theo M showed plenty of sparkle in Ten Have’s Allegro Brilliante and Ryan W captured the mood with skill in Onaç’s ‘Distant Star’. Idris S returned, this time with a musical reading of Vaughan Williams’ magical ‘Silent Noon’, before Theo M also returned (this time on piano) producing a dramatic display in Rachmaninoff’s Prelude.
Dima M’s Beethoven Spring Sonata had admirable zest, before Clemmie B presented a sincere and expressive ‘Moonfall’ and Hamish M completed the Lower Sixth contributions with Járdányi’s Sonatina offering lyricism and composure.
The final section of this impressive concert was given by the Upper Sixth (with a sprinkling of Lower School in generous support). Sam P’s ‘The Man I Love’ was perfectly romantic, Bella E’s Lament was an ideal and moving contrast, whilst Bella B and Lottie V and ensemble (Poppy M, Allegra H, Paddy C and Bo G) offered a beautifully crafted opening movement from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Poppy M dazzled in Kreisler’s demanding Recitative and Scherzo-Caprice before Bella B closed the evening with a superbly refreshing performance of ‘Miranda’ by Hagerman.
What a feast! Bravo one and all, including accompanists Mr Brown, Mr Butterfield and Miss Toomer.