Lunchtime Recitals in St Michael's Church
This year's annual series of concerts at St Michael’s Church came to an end just before the Easter holidays, and we were once again delighted to bring some of our music-making into the heart of Bishop’s Stortford.
Well done to all the musicians who performed at one of the recitals, including both Senior School and Prep School pupils. You can view - and listen to - excerpts from the concerts below. Enjoy!
Iago Núñez, Music Department
Thursday 15th March - Guitar Recital
On Thursday 15th March, a warm and appreciative audience were entertained with a varied programme of music from an array of styles and cultures.
An enthusiastic ensemble of seventeen of the College`s young guitarists performed amongst other pieces an Argentine Tango, a traditional Spanish Malagueña and a dance rhythm (a Maringa) from Sierra Leone. The ensemble continued to demonstrate their developing musicianship with the well-known rock and pop classics Hotel California by The Eagles and Mad World by Roland Orzabal. Ishani M gave a gently expressive performance of Francisco Tárrega`s beautiful Study in E minor while Anish M showed great technical promise in a spirited rendition of Fernando Sor`s Bagatelle Op.43 No.2.
It was a wonderful opportunity for the guitarists to give a public performance and an experience that will hopefully live long in the memory.
Ian Kelleher, Guitar Teacher
Chamber Music - 8th March 2018
Dan & Emma - 22nd February 2018
Anthony & Yuki - 8th February 2018
On Thursday 8th February we enjoyed music performed by Yuki and Anthony.
Sonata in E Kp 162 by Domenico Scarlatti and Menuet from “Le Tombeau de Couperin” by Maurice Ravel
Giga in E minor Op. 2 No. 8 by Veracini on the violin and Intermezzo Op. 76 No. 7 by Brahms on the piano
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.
Christopher - 25th January 2018
Christopher gave a wonderful performance on the cello on Thursday 25th January 2018.
Justin and Billianna - 18th January 2018
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.
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.
Scott is a Sixth Form Music Scholar. His level of musicianship has continued to evolve and improve over the years and during his recital 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.