Choir accompanied by wine glasses the stars of the concert
The annual Chamber Concert in Exeter School Chapel took place on Tuesday evening, and featured a wonderful variety of music from our smaller senior ensembles.
Opening with Mr Moore’s Senior Brass group playing one of his own arrangements of a Bach Chorale Prelude, the scene was set for an enjoyable evening, which attracted an enthusiastic audience of family and friends.
Belles Canto, a group which has many new members this year, demonstrated a fine blend in their performance of All I Have to do is Dream, whilst Emily sang the melody in What a Wonderful World with sensitivity and style.
Instrumental solos were provided by Charlie on the ‘cello and Matthew on the trumpet, accompanied by Mr Daldorph. Charlie’s Fantasiestücke in A Minor by Schumann demonstrated vigour and good dynamic range. Stamina and the ability to sustain notes apparently effortlessly were notable qualities of Matthew’s performance, along with a great feel for the piece.
Two string quartets were included within the programme – our senior String Quartet, featuring Oran, Georgia, George and Charlie, and our ‘Cello Quartet, once again including Charlie, this time with Francesca, Edward and Archie. The String Quartet’s choice of Schumann’s Scherzo and Intermezzo from string quartet op.41 no. 1 was ambitious, but these accomplished instrumentalists delivered a stunning performance. The ‘Cello Quartet, taking turns to play the theme in Marie’s Cinquantaine, produced a beautifully balanced and delicate rendition.
Mr Brimelow’s choirs Boys’ Barbershop, Vocal Ensemble and Chamber Choir were all in good voice. The Boys continue to flourish, singing firstly a fun arrangement of Lollipop and then a really quite intricate version of Sh Boom, with confidence and humour.
Fresh from their appearance at a Civic Remembrance event last week along with the school Remembrance Service, Vocal Ensemble has been kept busy once again in this programme, singing a beautiful arrangement of The Lonesome Road and Stopford’s Do Not Be Afraid, once again featuring soprano soloist Emily. The rich, balanced sound of the choir and their keen attention to Mr Brimelow’s direction resulted in a moving set.
Chamber Choir selected a contrasting but cohesive selection of 4 pieces, from the choral favourite Locus Iste to the modern classic The Lamb and the light French madrigal La, la, la, Je ne l’ose dire. The final choice arguably stole the show, with a haunting accompaniment of chords created by playing wine glasses. The glass players processed during the piece creating an extraordinary sound sensation, mixing with the choir’s voices, in Ešenvalds’ Stars.
Chamber Orchestra selected movements from Corelli’s Op 6 no. 8 Christmas Concerto, and featured soloists Georgia, Evelyn, Emily, Francesca and Charlie. High-quality individual performances were sensitively supported by the orchestra in a delightful finale to the concert.
If you enjoy a musical event on a Tuesday evening, we have another next week in the Music Hall at 7.30pm, when the Leeds College of Music lead a concert of their work with pupils from our various jazz ensembles during the day.