At this year’s ‘Celebration of Music’ the audience were treated to nothing less than a concert of outstanding professionalism. Each and every musician gave a performance that wouldn’t have been out of place at the Royal Albert Hall. The evening opened with a vibrant performance of Mozart’s Horn Quintet in Eb major: First Movement. This was followed by Oscar Jack’s dramatic Prelude where he demonstrated his accomplished skills as a composer as the music he played was a piece written byhimself,just aged 13. Talent from the Prep School did not end there, Talia Racine, aged 9, left the audience speechless with her impressive rendition of Ellfentanz by Jenkinson.
Counter-Tenor, Salim Jaffar; Baritone, Ashton Mackinnon and Tenor, Laurence Kilsby sang each of their solo performances exquisitely; Laurence singing faultlessly in Italian, telling an emotional story of a husband’s desire for revenge, whilst Salim sang Handel’s infamous baroque aria – Ombra mai fu.
One of the many highlights of the evening was Louis Morford’s ‘Concerto for a Violin:SecondMovement’ by Tchaikovsky. There was complete silence as the entire hall drank in every single note he played; a beautiful, moving performance.
Mr McVittie, Director of Music at the Prep School said, “I felt privileged to be part of this evening’s concert. I have watched many of the musicians who played this evening start at the Prep School and then go on to be remarkable musicians at the Senior School. Each and every pupil played both professionally and personally; giving their heart and soul. I couldn’t be prouder.”
Hugo Till concluded the evening with an atmospheric performance of ‘Lights of Sothis: Passion & Faith’ playedskilfully on the alto saxophone, this followed his brother, Sebastian’s, earlierbeautiful performance also on the saxophone.