Every year all three Schools join together at the Prep School for a Celebration of Music. Friends and family gather to listen to music from children as young as six to senior school pupils about to take their A-levels. The concert is always an eclectic mix of ages, instruments, abilities and genres and this year was no exception.
The opening performance was an outstanding piece by Bach, Concerto in D minor for Two Violins: Vivace. Prep School pupils Michael Lei and Silas Jack gave two accomplished violin performances, accompanied by the Carducci Quartet and Mr Simon Bell on the keyboard. Emily Takada, aged just six followed, playing Minuet in G major with outstanding confidence; definitely one to watch. Ernest Tang treated the audience to the melodic La plus que lent, ‘transporting’ everyone to beautiful French villages in the heat of summer.
Dean Close has a proud choral tradition and several performances across both the Prep and Senior School did not disappoint. DCPS Chamber choir gave two spine tingling performances, Niamh Allen sang a challenging Eia mater fons amoris (Stabat Mater) with ease and grace, BBC Chorister of
the Year Cassian Pichler Rocca also performed and Evie Schmidt-Martin entertained a captivated audience with Part of your World from The Little Mermaid.
Oscar Jack excelled with his fast paced, elaborate rendition of Sonata for clarinet and piano: Allegro con fuoco and Jeff Gao wowed the audience with the final performance of the evening playing Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro. It was wonderful to see members of the Carducci Quartet playing with students throughout the evening and to welcome some of the youngest members of the Dean Close Community to the stage. It really was a Celebration of Music.