This year’s Commemoration Concert once again saw the immense talent of the Dean Close Music Department on display.  The evening began with a rousing start from Sinfonia of the 1st movement of Eine kleine Nachtmusik. A virtuosic and very exciting performance of Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto in E flat Major given by Ernest Tang, expertly accompanied by Sinfonia, was played with great assurance and was full of vitality. This was followed by Chamber Choir’s accomplished rendition of the folksongs of Rutter and Byrt, delivered beautifully and demonstrating the control and musicianship of such a group. Bridge’s Saltarello played expertly by Fifth Formers Tom Richardson, Jenny Ng and Rachel Hellier on violin, piano and cello respectively, highlighted how the musical tradition of Dean Close is in very safe hands for the future. The penultimate performance of the evening was Close Harmony’s rendition of Down to the River to Pray and Take Me Home in which the seven members produced a finely tuned, tight-knit sound, maintaining clarity and style throughout. Janice Ng’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto no. 2 in C minor was stunning, revealing a highly accomplished and talented musician. Janice remained in complete control throughout all three movements of this exceptionally challenging piece and her performance was beautifully accompanied by the orchestra, conducted by Director of Music Helen Porter, with some particularly lovely woodwind solos.  Jazz on the terrace followed, with a selection of many engaging and entertaining pieces. Congratulations once more to the Music Department for another outstanding Commemoration Concert!

Beatrice Bennett