In an evening of exquisite musical performances on Friday 3rd March, nine students played a spectacular and diverse range of repertoire.
Bethany W began the Intermediate Class with a bright and energetic rendition of a selection of Mangean and Mussorgsky. Matteo C brought out the dark and moody colours on his Viola with some Brahms and a spirit of calm with some unaccompanied Bach. Nanami M had our feet tapping with Strayhorn’s’ Take the ‘A’ Train’ and a little-known piece, ‘Make her mine’ on Alto Saxophone. Henry A presented a most lyrical interpretation of the slow movement of Haydn’s much-loved Trumpet Concerto. Edward L brought this class to a close with his take on Gluck’s Melody from ‘Orphee et Eurydice’ as well as a teasing Tango ‘Por Una Cabeza’ by Gardel. Bethany W was awrded Highly Commended and the winner of the class was Nanami M.
The Senior Class opened with ‘The Song of the Golden Dragon’ by Marcus P on his Guitar which was a totally captivating and engaging realisation. Jakob A performed ‘Romance’ by Dvorák with a glorious cantabile and melodious sound on his Violin. Ryan W gave a speedy delivery of some Vivaldi and Chaminade’s ‘Capriccio’ with all the necessary gallic flare. Lastly, Samuel J proved he was the musical polymath with polyrhythms coming from every limb channelling his drum-kit in a memorable performance of ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘In Seven’. The adjudicator for the evening, Mr Paul Sutherland, a Double Bass player who recently retired from RSNO, awarded Highly Commended to Jakob A and the winner was Samuel J.