Chapel Arts, Cheltenham recently invited Dean Close musicians to headline a lunchtime concert of instrumental and vocal music. Chapel Arts is an exciting new venue, located in the St James’ area of town. The former Baptist chapel has been modernised and restored to create a fantastic, flexible arts space.

Five of the School’s most accomplished musicians performed to a large audience made up largely of members of the local community and for whom it was their first experience of Dean Close music. They were not to be disappointed as Doris Choi opened with a confident flute performance of Concertino by Chaminade. Ben Crossley followed with an entertaining vocal piece by Fauré, Au bord de l’eau, before violist, Jeff Goa, treated the listeners to Jacob’s Air and Dance.

A highlight of the afternoon was Dan Barrow’s trumpet performance of Tchaikovsky’s Ballet Suite. The complex and powerful piece wowed the audience ahead of the concert finale by Louis Morford. Louis gave three crowd pleasing performances by Bach, Massenet and Bazzini. La Ronde des Lutins – the dance of the goblins – showed off some more unusual violin sounds and, as always, Louis played with confidence and flare.

The pupils were ably accompanied by the Director of Music, Helen Porter as well as music teachers Sara Harris and Martyn Barrow. Thank you to Chapel Arts and the Cheltenham Music Festival Society for allowing the pupils the opportunity to perform in such a wonderful venue to their local community. Pupils, staff, parents and friends of Dean Close all enjoyed a lunchtime of musical delights and look forward to the Prep School pupils’ performances on Friday 15th June.