A Fantastic Lunchtime Concert
Our final lunchtime recital of the term was given by Form 3 Music Award Holders, Ibti, Elsa and Ottó. Performing in a range of instrumental and vocal combinations, it was a great showcase of their musical work this term.
Their concert opened with two vocal works. The first, Roger Quilter’s Over the Mountains was sung by Ottó, joined by Elsa on violin, Ibti on flute and Director of Music, Peter Davis, on piano. This was followed by César Franck’s popular Panis angelicus, for voice and flute, with Elsa on piano. Both performances had a great sense of ensemble, with sensitive balance between the instruments and voice in a warm group sound.
In the first of two instrumental works, Elsa performed the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in F minor, op. 2, no. 1. A dramatic piece and complex in texture, she proved herself more than equal to the technical and musical demands of Beethoven’s piano music. The trio finished with an arrangement of Monti’s Czardas, arranged for violin, flute, trombone and piano. This audience favourite was performed with real energy, complete with high-speed semiquaver passages and characteristic trombone glissandi. Congratulations to all three students on a fantastic concert which was a credit to their instrumental and vocal talents and their skills as ensemble musicians.
Our first lunchtime concert of 2023 will be on Wednesday 11 January, with a programme of 20th-century organ music performed by our graduate organist, Nicholas Tall.