For our final Evening Recital of the year, the Johnson Hall hosted eleven exceptional musicians from many disciplines. From vocalists to woodwinds and strings to piano, we were lucky enough to hear music from across the musical ages.
Starting off our concert with style was Lower Sixth saxophonist Hannah Parry, performing an infectiously groovy rendition of the third movement East Coast Mainline from James Rae’s ‘Sonatina’. Following this was the first of our vocal offerings, and first of two performances of Gabriel Fauré’s works, this one Après un rêve, performed with sublime beauty by Robert Mulchrone (Y9). Year 10 pianist Joanna Maddock was next to take to the stage, performing with zeal, the challenging Valse by Frédéric Chopin. The second of our vocal offerings came from the beautifully captivating voice of Year 9 Maya Kendell, treating us to Someone Like You from Frank Wildhorn’s ‘Jekyll & Hyde’. Felix Sissins-Roffey (year 9) stepped next, oboe in hand, onto the stage to perform for us the moving Adagio of Tomaso Albinoni’s Concerto in D minor, Op.9 No.2. Our first performance of the evening by a string player, was provided by Robert Mulchrone, performing a wonderous rendition of Jean-Baptiste Accolay’s Concerto in A minor. Following this, Year 10 Esme Ellis sang her heart out, and entranced ours with a musically mature performance of our second work by Gabriel Fauré Le Secret. Moving now onto more contemporary classical music, Upper Sixth flautist Florence Lunnon performed a stunningly ethereal interpretation of performer/composer Ian Clarke’s Hypnosis. Returning briefly to the world of Musical Theatre, Upper Sixth vocalist Elenice Andrews charmed the audience with a delightful rendition of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Tell Me on a Sunday. Our penultimate performer was Lower Sixth pianist Cameron Murray who took the Allegro Moderato from Franz Schubert’s Sonata in E major, D 459 and made it his own. Closing out our wonderful evening of music, was fantastically confident Year 9 violinist William Broomhead, wowing us with the entertaining show piece Obertass by Henryk Wieniawski.
After such a musically enriching recital, our performers and audience retired to the Johnson Hall Foyer for refreshments, where many interesting conversations were had. All of our performers thoroughly enjoyed singing and playing for such an appreciative audience, and we would all like to extend our thanks to all those who support these concerts.