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17th May 2024

Music at Lunchtime: Enchanting Violin Recital

This week’s Music at Lunchtime recital was given by Harriet in Form 1 with a captivating performance on the violin, accompanied by Head of Piano, Anne Bolt.

Harriet commenced her recital with Allegro from Handel’s Sonata in A major, HWV 372. Despite its challenges, she effortlessly navigated the fast passages, creating a lively dialogue between the violin and keyboard.

Moving onto Edward Elgar’s Chanson de Matin, Harriet shared the sentimental significance of this piece, which had accompanied her through various milestones, from scholarship exams to her first concert. Her heartfelt rendition beautifully captured the contrast between night and day, leaving a lasting impression on the listeners.

Next, she played Antonín Dvořák’s Allegro risoluto from the Sonatina in G major, op. 100. Inspired by folk music, Harriet embraced the piece’s variation and enthusiasm, showcasing both her technical skill and love for Dvořák’s compositions.

Concluding her recital with Jules Massenet’s Meditation from the opera ‘Thaïs,’ Harriet demonstrated her affinity for romantic classical music. From the stormy sections to the peaceful themes, her performance resonated with the audience.

Harriet’s performance was truly outstanding, a really well done, Harriet!

The recording from this week’s concert is available online here.

Next week’s Music at Lunchtime recital will be given by Form 7 pupil, Joshua, who will be performing music for horn by Mozart, Saint-Saëns & Vinter.

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