The Spring Concert took place on a rather chilly winter’s evening at the beginning of February, fortunately escaping the snow storms earlier in the week! Performers from all year groups delighted the appreciative audience with an extremely varied programme.
Sinfonia began the evening with the well-known Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart, beautifully executed and sensitively phrased, followed by Evening Hymn by Purcell sung with depth of expression by Beatrice Bennett. Later in the programme, we were treated to four of Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel by Oscar Richardson and Matthew Moorhouse who both sang with real authority and careful reflection of the descriptive text.
The evening included two chamber groups. In the first half, the challenging Allegro from Weber’s Clarinet Quintet, headed by the talented Oscar Richardson, and, secondly, the divine slow movement of Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor, played with exquisite musicality by three members of the Fifth Form – Tom Richardson, Rachel Hellier and Jenny Ng.
Chamber Choir closed the first half with the uplifting Little Jazz Mass by Chilcott, expertly accompanied by Sara Harris (piano) and Louis Fleming (drums). This was received with great enthusiasm from the audience and demonstrated confident handling of some tricky jazzy vocal harmonies.
Following the interval, Jeff Gao played Bruch’s stunning Romance with orchestra, a delightful performance which, for many, was the highlight of the evening, in which Jeff displayed real control and musicality.
The final item of the concert was the Orchestra’s exciting and passionate rendition of Mendelssohn’s turbulent programmatic overture Ruy Blas which was a brilliant finish to a lovely evening.