The new Music Scholars’ Concert on 8th November was excellent and showcased an incredible amount of talent and musicality in front of a rather large and enthusiastic audience
The evening started with Jasmine Levell performing Burgmüller’s Etude No 13, which she played with intricate dynamic shaping and a beautiful tone. Her grasp of technique was highly secure and it was an impressive start to the concert. This was followed by Sophie Jones, who played the Fourth Movement from Handel’s Violin Sonata in E with secure tone and intonation. A fluent performance with really enjoyable phrasing and shaping.
Louis Pisarro-Jensen gave a spirited performance on the piano of Sweet Mister Jelly Roll by Capers. The jazzy rhythms and harmony added panache to this enjoyable rendition. Next up was Imogen Marinko who delivered the Third Movement from Vivaldi’s Concerto in A Minor for violin with much confidence. The tempo was appropriately brisk, adding spark and drive to this exciting musical journey. Lila Skeet delighted the audience with Chopin’s famous Prelude in E Minor for piano. The melancholic longing in the melody was expressively shaped, and the tone was controlled and clear throughout. Next up was Alice Tobin who performed the First Movement from Seitz’s Concerto No 5 on the viola with warmth and a beautiful tone. It was impressively performed and played entirely from memory, which was a real delight to hear. Jemima Jordan’s rendition of John Williams’s Schindler’s List theme was hauntingly beautiful, and she played this piece with a real sense of phrasing and colour, sensitively accompanied by Mrs Law. It was a real treat to hear this famous piece played with so much musicality. Our next performer was Anna Le Huray on the French horn. Richard Strauss’s Concerto No 1 is no mean feat and a proper grown-up repertoire. She did the first movement real justice and delivered a strong and convincing musical experience which was a joy to hear. Bijan Ghamsari’s piano Prelude in G Sharp Minor by Rachmaninov was next; his performance was no less impressive. His tone and shaping were sensitive and highly musical, and there was a strong sense of lyricism in his technically mature and excellently secure playing.
Anya Aziz delivered a beautifully shaped performance of Take Those Lips Away by Dring. Her voice carried much warmth and colour, combined with secure intonation and phrasing which was always stylish and musical. George Casci’s performance moved us to a new world of styles. His excellently secure saxophone playing and his natural ability to improvise brought Charlie Parker’s Donna Lee to life, and the audience was left desiring more. Johan Smith rounded off the evening with a secure and impressively memorised performance on the vibraphone of Blues for Gilbert by Mark Glentworth. It was a great joy to hear this beautiful instrument played with such command and authority. A wide range of colours and dynamic shadings were explored and the excitement created was tangible. Many thanks to all performers, and especially to our new piano teacher, Mrs Law, for her excellent accompaniment and her support to the students during the rehearsal. Many thanks must also go to the Music Society for providing copious refreshments for everyone after the concert.