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Music at Lunchtime | October

Every Wednesday, our pupils perform fantastic concerts in All Saints' Church. We take a moment to look back to our October lunchtime recitals.

Wednesday 2 October

This week's concert began with Ansh 'cello (Form 4) peforming J S Bach's Bourées I & II in C major. Ansh played with great clarity and line, brining out the individual nuances of each piece beautifully. Ansh continued with the expressive Titania by Frederic Austin, and ended with Tarantella by Willaim Henry Squire. These pieces contrasted with each other brilliantly and effectively portrayed Ansh's great musicality and passion for the 'cello.

We then welcomed Freddie (Form 7) and Steve Foster (Head of Brass & Percussion) trumpet to the stage to perform Vivaldi's Double Trumpet Concerto. This intricate and challenging piece, with a brief organ interlude, was a pleasure to listen to. A fantastic performance.

Wednesday 9 October

The horn was the feature of this week's recital, with four of our most accomplished horn players treating us to solo performances. The concert consisted of a varied range of repetoire, from Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 2 to the theme from Midsomer Murders and Somewhere from West Side Story. Well done to Owen (Form 5), Daniel (Form 4), Findlay (Form 4) and Joshua (Form 3) for your fantastic performances, displaying the versitaility of this minority instrument.

Wednesday 16 October

Our October Music at Lunchtime series concluded with a saxophone recital by Grace (Form 6) and Riccardo (Form 7). Grace opened the concert with Concertino by Singelée. A playful piece with a strong rhythmic drive and a certain unpredictability, Grace showed great musical skill in her great execution of this piece.

Riccardo provided a great contrast with Charlie Parker's Yardbird. Transcribed from one of Parker's improvisations in 1946, Yardbird contains many challenging jazz lines, which Riccardo performed with seemily great ease, providing a very enjoyable experience for the audience.

We welcomed Grace back to the stage for the final piece of the recital, Sonata in G minor by J S Bach. Orginally written for the flute, Grace performed an arrangment by John Harle. The second and third movements contast each other well: the Adagio has a very calm and simple melody which then leads into the Allegro where the music takes a drastic turn and suddenly transfers into swift semiquavers.

Congratulations to all our performers.

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