The Headmaster's Concert
The first Headmaster’s Concert of the year took place in the Top Refectory on Saturday October 15th and was, as ever, an impressive display of Stonyhurst’s music scholars’ talent.
Baroque composers were well represented, with violin solos by Handel and Telemann played by Ellie Whittle and Alice Wright , and Simon Whittle’s assured performance of the Allegro movement from Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in E. Magnus Whittle gave us a sparkling rendition of the Finale from Otto’s Trumpet Concerto, and Freddie Timmins played ‘The Cuckoo’ by D’Aquin, bringing the harpsichordist’s lightness of touch to the Steinway.
The programme also gave us a good deal of expansive Romantic music, with the first movement of Rimsky Korsakov’s Trombone Concerto, played by Charlotte Redmond, and the Finale from Franck’s Violin Sonata in A major, played by Teresa Mak. On the piano, Elizabeth Robinson played Chopin’s Nocturne in E flat and Laura Erel gave us a dazzling performance of Brahms’ Rhapsody no 2 in G minor (having just won the regional round of the Rotary ‘Young Musician of the Year’ Competition!). Faure’s Fantasie provided the only flute music of the evening, expressively played by Lucia Turner, who also played viola in the string quartet, with Teresa Mak, Charlotte Redmond and Matty Turner, adding Mozart’s Divertimento to the programme.
A couple of ‘cocktail hour’ piano pieces were also included: Noah Williams’ ‘Shot in the Dark’ by Mancini, and Alex Johnson’s Jazz Exercise by Oscar Peterson – both played with style.
Finally, Schola Cantorum sang ‘You’re just in love’ by Irving Berlin and ‘Oom Pah Pah’ from Bart’s ‘Oliver’, reminding the audience of their FORTHCOMING SCHOLA GALA EVENING WITH CABARET ON NOVEMBER 18TH, in advance of their tour to Paris next March.
Everyone greatly enjoyed the concert and the Headmaster thanked all performers and Dr Morgan, who had devised the programme as well as providing first-class accompanying.