The evening of October 15th saw the annual Staff and Scholars’ Recital, and what a tremendous evening of music making it was. Musical collaboration between students and staff was at the heart of this stellar evening, with a packed Johnson Hall treated to an array of wonderful pieces performed to perfection.
The concert began with a sublimely beautiful performance of the third movement of Anton Bruckner’s Viola Quintet, WAB 112 with the ensemble made up of students Isabelle Barber, Annabella Dawkins & Hamish Barry, and staff Ms Claire Rose and Mr Clive Hughes. The middle of the first half was punctuated by an inspirational performance of the first movement of Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in D minor for Two Oboes, RV 535 presented gorgeously by Felix Sissins-Roffey and Mrs Jane Finch accompanied by Mrs Kirsty Barry. Rounding off the first half of the concert we heard the wonderfully bright and clear treble voice of Robert Mulchrone singing Franz Schubert’s Ständchen and Die Forelle accompanied delicately by Dr Brian Brooks. The second half contained yet more fabulously performed works, with our Director of Music, Mr Matthew Cook, performing alongside Isabelle Barber and Hamish Barry in a powerful performance of Beethoven’s C minor Piano Trio, followed by the first movement of Friedrich Seitz’s Concerto No.5 performed exquisitely and from memory by Ms Claire Rose accompanied on piano sensitively by Mr Jon Boyle. Askilful performance of another of Vivaldi’s works ensued, Concerto in G minor for Two Cellos, RV 531, by Emily Paterson and Ms Lucy Scotchmer accompanied superbly by Mrs Claire Whitson on double bass and Mr Jon Boyle on piano. Two more works by Franz Schubert rounded off the concert: the first Du bist die Ruh’ sung in a most heavenly manner by Caragh Norris and accompanied beautifully by Joanna Maddock; the second Psalm 23, The Lord is my Shepherd performed ably by the vocal talents of students Isabelle Barber, Florence Lunnon and Elenice Andrews and staff Mrs Kirsty Barry, accompanied by Mr Jon Boyle.
The Staff and Scholars’ Recital was a breath-taking evening of classical musicfeaturing 30 different performers including 15 members of staff and will surely remain a highlight of Millfield School’s musical offerings for many years to come.