What an exceptional ensemble of musicians we have here at the Prep School. At this year’s Music Scholars’ Concert each and every one of them delivered an outstanding performance.
Molly Godfrey opened the concert playing beautifully on the flute On the Wings of Song by F. Mendelssohn, after which Jamie Richardson gave a commanding performance of the Foreign Correspondent on the piano. Several exceptional recitals followed including a German piece by India McNulty also on the violin and the very challenging Concerto in A Minor Op.3 No. 6 Ist Movement by Vivaldi, played by Silas Jack.
It is always a thrill to hear the Schola Cantorum Choristers, especially with the wonderful acoustics of the Prince Michael Hall and both Alistair and Tomos performed exceptionally well singing individually, The Call and Panis Angelicus. Chorister Cassian Pichler-Roca opted not to sing but instead transported the audience back to medieval times with his version of Ground after Scotch Humour by N. Mattie, accompanied by the Director of Choral Music, Mr Simon Bell, on the harpsichord.
This was one of the first public performances for some of our new music scholars including Ubani Adelagun who played a lively version of Cool by S Wood and Emily Cox playing Chopin’s Prelude in E minor. Gabi Rogers gave a beautiful interpretation of The New Round O, whilst Freddie Barr wowed with us on the guitar with his interpretation of the Beatles Blackbird and some Reinhardt Gypsy Jazz. Michael Lei and Chloe Dunwell gave accomplished performances of Grade VIII violin pieces, Hoedown by Aaron Copland and Haydn’s Concerto in G major 1st Movement.
Niamh Allen, both an accomplished Oboe player and talented singer played Preludio and Allemanda on the Oboe and finished the evening’s entertainment with a professional performance of Home by A Menken from Beauty and the Beast. A huge well done to everyone who took part.