Lunchtime Recitals in St Michael's Church
Our annual series of concerts at St Michael’s Church is already in full swing and we are delighted to bring some of our music making into the heart of Bishop’s Stortford. Scott, a Sixth Form Music Scholar, was the first performer to take to the stage in the weekly Thursday concerts. His level of musicianship has continued to evolve and improve over the years and he presented a programme of challenging and complex clarinet and piano pieces. He is currently preparing for a Performance Diploma and several of the clarinet works that he played, including a movement of the Poulenc Sonata and the Four Fantasiestücke Op. 43 are part of his repertoire. His control of the instrument is remarkable and Scott plays with the freedom and expressiveness of a much older and experienced player.
The second of the recitals featured two young players currently in the Fourth Form, Justin and Billianna. Billianna has been an active contributor to the music in the Prep School for a number of years, and continued to make a positive impact to our Department in the Senior School. She played a challenging work for solo violin by J.S. Bach, the Gigue from the Partita No. 3 in E major, and sang two delightful songs from the musicals “Jekyll and Hyde” and “A Little Night Music”.
Justin is a new member of the College community and has already established himself as one of the most gifted pianists in the school. He presented three contrasting works for piano solo by J. S. Bach, Joseph Haydn and Stephen Montague. Justin has a commanding control of the instrument and was able to interpret those pieces with an assured technique and great expressiveness.
The concert series continues with short 30 minute recitals every Thursday at 13:30 throughout this term. The concerts are free and open to anyone who wants to enjoy fine music. We are looking forward to see you there!
Iago Núñez, Music Department
Programme of Events
Thursday 22nd February
Daniel Evans & Emma Haythornthwaite
Thursday 1st March
Prep School Pupils
Thursday 8th March
Thursday 15th March - last recital in the series
Scott - 11th January 2018
In the first of this year's lunchtime recitals in St Michael's Church, Scott performed music by Beethoven, Chopin and Gershwin.
Justin and Billianna - 18th January 2018
Christopher - 25th January 2018
Christopher gave a wonderful performance on the cello on Thursday 25th January 2018.
Ailsa and Mary - 1st February 2018
On Thursday 1st February, Senior School pupils Ailsa and Mary gave wonderful recitals on the piano, clarinet, cello and bassoon.