Inspired by lessons
Informal string concert
The first informal concert of 2019 took place in Music Hall on Wednesday with a number of our string players taking to the stage.
There was an especially strong representation of Junior players, many of whom will have been inspired to take up strings following their class sessions on violin in Form One, led by Mr Gillett and Miss Willson, whilst last term some introductory lessons to the ‘cello have been led by Mrs Allnatt with Upper One.
Tilly Haw gave a confident first public performance having only started the violin last term. Also on the violin we heard Juniors Alice Kotting, with a beautifully tuned La Homme Armé, River Tinkler, playing That’s How it Goes! with great spirit, Sophia Liu with a rhythmic German Dance and Joshua Hwang, who was especially impressive playing a movement from Vivaldi’s Concerto in G from memory. Gus Lovell on the viola chose Waltz by Kabalevsky very much capturing the dance style, whilst Xander Ludman felt the jazz with the intriguingly titled Melted Mouse and Roasted Rat in Chocolate Sauce.
We heard solos from four senior violinists. Spiro McKinnel successfully conveyed the contemplative style of Bridge’s Meditation with some lovely sensitive playing, and Emily O’Connor’s Romance from The Gadfly was similarly delicate and well-considered. Both Tristan Mash and George Guthrie chose to play Dvořák, George the first movement of the Sonatina in G major, and Tristan the finale. George produced some lovely contrasting dynamics and refined playing whilst Tristan played with great commitment and enthusiasm.
On the viola, Ella Byrne gave an atmospheric performance of the traditional Israeli piece Mayin Mayin. Our senior ‘cellists on Wednesday were Phoebe Redfern, playing a lyrical Flower of the Quern, Seb Johns with the melodious Carolan’s Air and Archie Tamblyn playing the dramatic Allegro from Sonata for ‘Cello by Vivaldi with a good strong pulse and careful attention to the shape of the piece.
The concert closed with the String Quartet featuring Louis Solon, Serena Ling, Ella Byrne and Lauren Hughes, with the rhythmically challenging and quirky Allegretto Scherzando by Stone.
A recording and copy of programme are on the intranet.
Our next informal concert is Wednesday 23 January when it is the turn of our brass players – 4pm in the Music Hall.