Our Spring Term of Music at Lunchtime recitals launched with our fantastic Graduate Musician, Mr Arkwright, performing a terrific trombone recital.
Mr Arkwright began with the first two movements from Schumann's Fantasiestücke, op. 73. The Fantasy Pieces were originally written for clarinet and piano in 1849, and the composer then published a version for 'cello from which this arrangement is taken. Mr Arkwright displayed great control and a beautiful, clear tone. The two movements were highly contrasting, providing a great opportunity for Mr Arkwright to demonstrate beautiful, melodic lines, as well and intricate sections.
Next, we heard Andante et scherzo-valse from Tomasi's Trombone Concerto. Written in 1956, the concerto yields to sounds of French Impressionism: soft, alluring and colourful.
Sleep by Ivor Gurney concluded the recital. Taken from Gurney's Five Elizabethan Songs, it is amazingly sensitive writing. The audience could read the text of the poem whilst Mr Arkwright performed this breath-taking piece, adding another level of context. We were soothed by the trombone's silky tones - a truly lovely ending to a fantastic recital. Thank you, Mr Arkwright.
Join us next week as we hear Jessica perform a recital of piano and flute music.