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A diverse concert

Informal piano concert

It was the turn of many of the school’s pianists to take to the informal concert performance platform this week.

Featuring pupils ranging in age from Upper One to Upper Fifth, as ever with these concerts, the audience was treated to a diverse mixture of styles, from blues to Burgmüller and Scarborough Fair to Skyrim.

Amongst our younger pianists were Zoe Carson, Matilda Sharland, Alice Kotting and Anoushka Narayan, who all gave confident performances, Zoe very effectively reflecting the scampering of Who said mice?, Matilda enjoying the traditional Scarborough Fair, Alice delivering an accurate and well-considered Gospel Flair and Anoushka clearly feeling the groove of Blues in the Attic. Alexander Ludman was also representing the Junior School, giving an impressive performance of the technically advanced Ballade by Burgmüller.

From the Third Form we heard from Sophie Brennan, Aidan Moeller and Rowan McDowell, Sophie choosing Verdi’s La donna è mobile demonstrating some lovely articulation, Aidan playing Attitude with a suitable feel and Rowan performing the traditional When the Saints with great flair.

The Fourth Form were also well-represented, with Spiro McKinnel, George Dow, Amelia Johnson and Matthew Lomas all featured. Shadows was performed with a suitable smooth, contemplative style in a sensitive performance by Spiro, whilst the interesting and rhythmically challenging Film Noir was confidently played by George. A prolific and accomplished composer, Amelia performed her own work, Memories, whilst Matthew played Debussy’s beautiful and technically challenging La fille aux cheveux de lin with great composure and poise.

Performers from the Lower Fifth were Emily Goodison, Louis Solon, Amber Moeller and Hamish Bell. The weaving passages of Invention in A minor by Bach were played with lovely touch by Amber, whilst Louis tackled the intricate and often fast-moving sections of the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Sonata in Bb with great style and fluidity. The Merry Peasant was the choice of Emily, played with good pace and feel, whilst Hamish’s rousing and dramatic performance from memory of Skyrim provided a suitable climax to the programme.

The most senior of our performers on Wednesday were Middle Fifth pupils Henry Wheatley and Katie Ledger, and Upper Fifth musician Charlie Kerr. Like Emily, Henry played the Schumann with style, however the different interpretations still offered pleasing variation to the audience. Masquerade by Tanaka provided Katie the opportunity to create a magical atmosphere with the use of the upper register of the keyboard. Finnish composer Merikanto’s Valse Lente was played by Charlie, who clearly felt the dancing rhythms in a fluent performance.

A recording and the programme are on the intranet

Our informal concerts will resume after Christmas, however our musicians can be heard on Saturday 1 December singing carols at the Magdalen Road Christmas Fayre. Upper Two members of Junior Choir and a harp duet will be performing within the Advent Service on Sunday 2 December. We have the National Trust Christmas Concert in the Cathedral on Monday 10 December, the Junior Carol Service on Tuesday 18 December and finally the Christmas Concert in school on Thursday 20 December. So, lots to look forward to!