School's high standards evident in lunchtime concert
IN this school music is an integral part of the pupils' lives.
There is a separate Music School shared between the Juniors and Seniors. All the girls are encouraged to join at least one of the lunchtime musical activities. There is a particularly high standard at the school and this was evident in the lunchtime concert given at the cathedral yesterday in which Chamber Choir and Orchestra, violin quartet and piano and violin soloist performed. The orchestra produced a beautiful sound in Sibelius' Andantino Festivo which is a single movement originally written for string quartet. It is a continuous stream of similar melodic phrases that flow into and out of each other. This was followed by the well-known Arabesque No 1 by Debussy in which Hettti Fieler showed a nice touch. We then had a piece by Faure which was originally a song but in this arrangement for cello was confidently played by Anastasia Laurie. An exciting version of Brother James Air was presented by the choir.
The Violin Quartet presented two movements from one of Vivaldi's concertos before Jennie Ha gave an immaculate rendition of Chopin's posthumous Nocturne No 21. After a tremendous and mature rendition by Katherine Godfrey (violin) of Smetana's From This Native Country the choir returned with some great harmony in the famous hymn Abide With Me in a brilliant arrangement by the musical director Steve Daykin whilst the clever arrangement of Moon River was particularly moving.
The last two items were by the orchestra, a beautiful short work by Edward Elgar not often heard, called Elegy and a fun number Plink, Plank Plunk by Leroy Anderson to finish off a very entertaining recital to end this term's concerts. Musical director Steve Daykin, well supported by accompanist Stephanie Rowlands, are to be congratulated.
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