Music Week was a celebration of Stonyhurst’s excellent music-making, with 6 concerts, 2 lunchtime recitals, open rehearsals, workshops and performances throughout the day in almost every corner of the College. A popular feature of the week was the ‘Play Me’ piano in the Do Room, which allowed pianists to give impromptu performances to their friends.
The week opened with a concert given by the Stonyhurst Big Band and Lancashire County Wind Band combined. This was extremely well received by a capacity audience in the Centenaries Theatre.
Then came Schola Cantorum’s Lent Meditation, a programme of sacred Renaissance music by Tallis, Gibbons and Farrant, which was immediately followed by music played by the Shireburn Wind Quintet, whose members included some of our instrumental music teachers.
On Wednesday, Mary Ann Wootton (Poetry) and Mr Paul Greenhalgh (piano teacher) gave a concert of piano music, which included Faure’s ‘Dolly Suite’ duets and Richard Rodney Bennet’s ‘ ‘Four Piece Suite’ for two pianos. Mr Greenhalgh played a dazzling arrangement of Strauss’ Fledermaus and Mary Ann performed the Allegro Assai movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in F major, K459.
The College Choir and Madrigal Group gave a concert on Thursday; the choir sang sacred music by a range of composers. Including J.S. Bach, Stainer, Tye and Schubert. Madrigals then included ‘Weep O mine eyes’ by John Bennet, ‘Amyntas with his Phyllis fair’ by Thomas Bateson and Farmer’s ‘Fair Phyllis I saw’.
Music Week’s final flourish was the Spring Concert, which brought together all ensembles, the Orchestra , String Orchestra , Big Band and soloists. Huge thanks go to Mr Mann and Miss Gadsden for this musical tour de force, which was greatly enjoyed.