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1st December 2023

Music at Lunchtime: Musical Contrasts

This week’s ‘Music at Lunchtime’ recital offered plenty of musical contrasts provided by the Guitar Ensemble and three woodwind soloists.

Guitarists Edward, Francesca, Jack & William joined forces with their teacher, Mrs Ford, to open the recital with David Burden’s British Folk Song Suite. The work’s four movements showcased the rich cultural heritage of Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales, with their performance capturing the vibrant energy and melodic beauty of the folk music tradition. Their second work showcased their versatility in Twenty ways upon the bells by Thomas Robinson, a piece that highlighted their technical prowess and dynamic range.

Our first soloist, flautist Ibti, gave a playful and captivating performance of Diabelli’s arrangement of the Cavatina from Rossini’s opera, The Barber of Seville. Our second flautist, Shonali, impressed the audience with her expressive playing of the Offertoire by Johannès Donjon.

To conclude, saxophonist Jason delivered a riveting performance of Czardas by Vittorio Monti. The piece starts slowly and builds in tempo, allowing Jason to demonstrate his skill and flair for performance, leaving the audience in awe of the saxophone’s versatility.

Congratulations to all our performers who demonstrated such a high standard of musicianship across a range of repertoire.

The recording from the concert is available online here.

Our final ‘Music at Lunchtime’ concert this term takes place next week and is given by our Form 3 Music Award Holders.

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