A very enjoyable brass recital

In this week’s lunchtime recital, Lizzie (Form 4) and Oliver (Form 6) presented an entertaining brass themed programme. Lizzie opened the recital on the trumpet with the ‘Alleluia’ from Mozart’s Exsultate jubilate. She played the tricky semi-quaver runs with precision and added a very jubilant character to the piece, bringing out the exciting trills with her beautiful tone. There was a nice moment when the trumpet and piano playfully echoed each other’s parts. To continue the playful mood, Lizzie played A Trumpeter’s Lullaby, a more relaxed piece which displayed her wonderfully pure tone even further. 

Oliver continued the recital with three works for trombone. He began with J S Bach's Prelude in A, a pleasant work containing some tricky corners which were tackled with ease. He followed with the completely contrasting, jazz influenced work, Bone Idyll. It was wonderful to hear Oliver’s rich tone in the smoother and longer melodic lines over the jumping, staccato piano accompaniment. The recital ended with the exciting Latin American inspired work, La Cumparsita, which left everyone dancing out of All Saints' Church with Cuban dance style! Oliver played this with great energy and style, with a brilliant vibrancy, especially in the lower registers of the instrument.

This was a very enjoyable recital, performed with confidence and class, truly showcasing the talents of the brass performers here at Oakham School. 

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