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28th June 2024

Music at Lunchtime: Final Recital

This week’s Music at Lunchtime recital was given by Form 7 Music Scholars Ethan & Sofia, gracing the stage for their last performance at Oakham School. The recital captivated the audience with a diverse and emotionally rich program, featuring music by Beethoven, Kern, Schubert & Quilter.

The recital began with the ‘Allegro ma non tanto’ from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata in A major. Ethan on cello and Anne Bolt on piano delivered a performance that was both technically assured and deeply expressive. The interplay between the cello and piano was seamless, highlighting the intricate dialogue Beethoven weaves between the two instruments.

Next, Sofia charmed the audience with ‘Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man’ from Jerome Kern’s Showboat. Her mezzo-soprano voice brought warmth and depth to this classic piece, beautifully capturing the song’s nostalgic and heartfelt emotions. Sofia’s performance was a standout, showcasing her ability to convey a narrative through music.

The recital continued with Schubert’s ‘Du bist die Ruh’. Nico’s interpretation of this lied was exquisite, her voice blending perfectly with Bolt’s sensitive piano accompaniment. The serene and contemplative nature of the piece was brought to life, leaving the audience in a state of reflective tranquility.

The program concluded with Roger Quilter’s ‘Love’s Philosophy’. Once again, Sofia’s vocal performance shone, her expressive phrasing and clear diction perfectly conveying the poem’s romantic yearning. The piano accompaniment provided a lush, supportive backdrop that complemented Sofia’s voice beautifully.

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

Overall, this final recital of the school year was a testament to the talent and hard work of our Form 7 pupils. Each performance was met with enthusiastic applause, a fitting tribute to these young musicians as they embark on their next chapter. The audience was left with a sense of pride and admiration for the departing students, whose contributions have enriched the musical life of Oakham School.

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