Final Chamber Concert of the year
Crediton Parish Church
The final concert of the academic year took place in Crediton Parish Church on Saturday. The glorious summer sunshine was matched by some equally impressive performances by our singers and instrumentalists.
Both halves of the concert opened with the Chamber Orchestra, playing Mozart and later Corelli, under the direction of Mr Tamblyn, featuring some fine solo playing from various members of the string section.
There was much to enjoy for choral fans. A quintet of Upper Sixth pupils plus Mr Brimelow gave a delightful performance of Reger’s Nachlied, whilst Chamber Choir ended the first half with the staples of the sacred choral repertoire which are Mozart’s Ave Verum and Howells’ Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks, accompanied by Mr Daldorph on the organ, and then Stars, the modern work whose backing is tuned wine glasses. Belles Canto performed the smooth jazz classics All I have to do is dream and Blue Moon, and Vocal Ensemble gave an sensitive performance of Deep River, followed by a poignant and spirited rendition of New York, New York, with many of the Upper Sixth leavers undoubtedly transported back to happy memories of last summer’s visit to Manhattan.
Three of the instrumental quartets were also featured in Saturday’s programme. The Senior String Quartet gave an accomplished performance of Beethoven’s Op 18, No.2, whilst a very different style was selected by the ‘Cello Quartet with the tango from Suite Hispaniola by Neuen-Rabinowitz. The Saxophone Quartet performed pieces by Niehaus and Hofmann, with some subtle dynamics and a steady groove.
Solo items were provided by three of the Upper Sixth pupils – Charlie Austin on the piano, playing an impressive and technically challenging piece of Rachmaninoff, William Partridge a mellow and beautifully tuned movement from Kozeluch’s clarinet Concerto in E flat and trumpeter Matthew Francis, with an assured and stylish performance of I’m Beginning to See the Light.
Fresh from the success of last week’s jazz concert, Swunk played a couple of their favourite numbers, which concluded a joyful evening of music which was greatly appreciated by the friends and family of the performers along with many of the local community of Crediton who came to support the concert.
A link to the programme and recording is online.