The Headmaster's Concert
This term’s Headmaster’s Concert, given by some of Stonyhurst’s music scholars, was as enjoyable as ever; a large audience enjoyed a varied programme of music, played to a very high standard.
The evening began with a Beethoven Trio and some extremely musical ensemble playing from Lucia Turner (violin), her brother Matthias (cello) and Mary Ann Wootton (piano). From classical Vienna to the South Pacific, the next item was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Some enchanted evening’, expressively sung by Tom Bannigan. Haydn’s ‘The Joke’ took us back to Vienna, with Laura Erel and Michelle D’Souza playing their own arrangement of his string quartet for piano duet; the final bars, scattered with pauses, caught the audience out, just as Haydn had intended! Edward Johnson then gave an assured performance of the Allegro movement from Laue’s Trumpet Concerto.
Next, we were treated to an insight into the musical talents of St Mary’s Hall, our prep school, as some of Stonyhurst’s youngest musicians made their Top Ref debut. The audience enjoyed some very confident piano playing from Joseph Mann (‘The Swallow’ by Heller) and Alice Wright (Prelude by Gliere). Ellie Whittle sang the evocative 'Dusk' by Gibbons. Sebastian Dean played Szelenyi’s violin piece, ‘Children’s Dance’ and Danny Chung played Courante from one of Bach’s cello suites. After some fine string playing, two impressive brass solos followed, from Alethea Turner, who performed ‘Softly awakes my heart’ by Saint-Saens on trumpet, and Gershwin’s ‘I got rhythm’, played by Oliver Dean on French horn.
The concert concluded with Ludovico Einaudi’s ‘Monday’, played with great feeling by Olivia Haworth, and an impressive performance of Rachmaninov’s piano Prelude in G minor from Yoann Belon.
With thanks to Dr Morgan for devising the programme and to Miss Allen, Head of Music at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall.
The next Headmaster’s Concert will be on Friday October 14th at 7.30pm.