The Music Scholars’ Concert in the Prince Michael Hall on Wednesday 21st November began with the inaugural performance of our newly-formed Ripieno Strings: led by the Carducci Quartet, this ensemble gave a stylish performance of La La Land and left the audience looking forward to future performances. The evening was primarily a showcase for some of our advanced singers and instrumentalists and included both solo and ensemble items. Chamber Choir, under the direction of Jack Stone, performed two a cappella pieces by Parry and Elgar and the concert concluded with a slick rendition of Mozart’s famous Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. The second movement of Mendelssohn’s Piano trio in D minor was sensitively played by Jenny Ng, Tom Richardson and Rachel Hellier, Tom also giving an assured performance of Beethoven’s Spring Sonata. Lois dunning, Rachel Hellier and Jenny Ng, accompanied by Jeff Gao and Janice Ng on violin, sang The Snow by Elgar which contrasted well with I’ve got you under my skin, sung beautifully by Lily Talbot whose velvety tone really suited the jazz idiom. Bea Bennett, Oscar Richardson and Matthew Moorhouse sang with sensitivity and conviction, Oscar and Matthew both singing from Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, while Evie Crawford Poxon, Lois Dunning, Oscar Jack and Jeff Gao delighted the audience with Poulenc, Elgar, Ginistera and Bartok respectively.
The PMH was packed with an appreciative audience who enjoyed refreshments at the end of the concert.