Our Sixth Form Music Scholars’ began the recital programme for the year with a captivating concert on Tuesday.
Following dinner with new Year 7 Scholars and their families, the older students performed a dazzling and moving array of works. From the sinuous tones of Debussy’s Syrinx to the funky modernism of Aaron Minsky’s At the Crack of Dawn for solo cello, each work held the audience in raptures. Many were testing audition pieces for Conservatoire application, including the gorgeous Andante et Scherzo for trumpet by the French composer Barat. There was breath-taking vocal agility in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Poor Wand’ring One, and haunting pathos in Glazunov’s Elegie for viola and piano, and the traditional Irish air Sliabh Geal Gcua, to name but a few! All the performers should feel extremely proud of their brilliant efforts – all showed poise, skill and commitment.