On the 25thNovember, students and guests gathered for the second evening recital in a week. The evening highlighted the most advanced musicians at Millfield – allowing them to perform to a welcoming and appreciative audience.
The evening started with Frederic Chopin’s Nocturne in Ab Major, Op.32, No.2 played by Lower Sixth Yuhka Machino. Yuhka displayed exceptional control over the phrasing and dynamics, playing the more challenging sections effortlessly. Up next was Maddie Calvesbert-Sharp (year 11), who sang By Strauss by George Gershwin. Maddie’s tone reverberated effortlessly around the Johnson Hall, creating a warm and inviting sound. A return to the piano saw Solomon Williams performs Rondo from Sonatina in A major, Op.59, No.1 by Friedrich Kuhlau. Up next, Cameron Murray (upper sixth) performed Grand Vals by Francisco Tarrega on the guitar, performing confidently the technically-complexities of the work. Lower Sixth Emily Paterson then took to the stage to perform a virtuosic and confident interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude from Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007; whilst Isibo Niyoneza (Lower Sixth) performed Nocturne in Eb major, Op.9, No.2 by Frederic Chopin.
Up next, Kai Kai Fan (year 10) performed Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sarabande and Gigue from Suite No.2 in A minor, BWV 807.Heading up the first wind performance of the evening Olivia Mahony (year 11) performed Claude Debussy’s Danse Bohemienne on the alto saxophone. Up next, Hamish Barry (year 11) performed Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102, mvt. 1on the cello. Hamish played with musicality, and a virtuosic demeanour. The penultimate performance of the evening was played by Ng Woon Ngee (lower sixth) on the piano, where she played a commanding and powerful interpretation of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1, mvt.1. William Broomhead closed the concert with his interpretation of Aaron Copland’s Hoedown form ‘Rodeo’which was a challenging piece for both soloist and accompanist, showcasing William’s technical ability and musicality thoroughly.
It was once again great to see so many students performing to such a high standard, and constantly aiming to achieve at the highest levels on their individual instruments. With 26 performances of Grade 7+ pieces in just seven days, we can be exceptionally proud of our musicians’ progress.