Open Musicians Platform 03/10 – The Review

Following the fantastic performances of musicians in the informal settings of Foyer Live and Tea and Music, the Johnson Hall opened its doors for its first evening concert of the academic year, the Open Musicians’ Platform. An expectant audience filled the hall, looking forward to witnessing the progress made by some of Millfield’s young musicians in the opening weeks of term.

The standard of performances were notably high; from the opening, where Greg performed a gorgeous sea song and Eloise treated the audience to a light and lyrical clarinet tune, it was clear that a fine evening of entertainment laid in store.

As well as Greg, there were many wonderful vocalists who performed. A selection of musical numbers were performed brilliantly by Rowan, who sang a tune from Les Miserables, Tia, who chose a song from Grease, and Bethan, who performed a work from Show Boat. In addition to this, some classical delights were sang with impressive style by Harvey and Florence, all of whom received tremendous receptions from the crowd.

The instrumental standard was exceptional, with a diverse selection of styles and instruments. Elenice and Hannah played wonderful works on French Horn and Saxophone respectively, demonstrating impressive lyricism and control throughout. There was a broad range of instruments performed at the showcase, most notably Peter in his exciting performance of a Sonata for Timpani and Angel, who performed a traditional Chinese work on a Guqin, a stringed oriental instrument. The range of timbral delights produced on the instrument and the engaging nature of the performance was greatly appreciated by the audience, who were enthralled by the performance.

In the latter half of the programme, a couple of the department’s pianists showcased the works of some of France’s most famous composers for the instrument. Yuhka performed a Novelette by Poulenc with impressive dexterity and lyricism, whilst Ornella closed the concert by performing one of Debussy’s most impressive works for the instrument, La Cathedrale engloutie. The broad spectrum of colours and dynamics provided an exciting end to an exceptional concert, starting the year in great style.

Following this concert is the Staff and Scholars’ Recital, which promises to be a fantastic evening. Full of exciting performances, with music scholars, academic staff and instrumental teachers coming together, this promises to be a top evening of entertainment. The concert will be at 7.30pm on Monday 9th October.

The Millfield Music School Blog provides a fantastic insight into the musical life of Millfield School – from upcoming performances to concert reviews, insights into the music performed and details of the International Concert Series, keep up to date with everything throughout the year at: www.millfieldmusic.com

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