Lunchtime Recitals in United Reformed Church

Lunchtime recitals in Water Lane United Reformed Church in Bishop's Stortford start at 1.30pm and finish at around 2pm and are free and open to everyone.  No need to book, just come along and enjoy the music!

** Please note that the Harp Recital on February 6th February has been moved to Thursday 12th March. 

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Busking 5 Recital Thursday 30th January

Busking 5 performing in URC Recital Jan 2020

On Thursday 30th January five Senior School pupils, Josh, Alex, Joe, Daniel and Charlie or, as they are better known collectively, “The Busking 5”, took to the stage in United Reformed Church.  The Busking 5 are a group of excellent musicians who formed a band during the last academic year to raise funds for the Lower 6th summer trip to Kenya. They have modelled themselves on the American funk brass band, Lucky Chops, and have quickly grown a devoted fan base that enjoys their high-energy choreographed performances.   

In addition to performing as a group, each of the pupils had an opportunity to shine as a solo player at the start of the recital. Josh P demonstrated incredible tone control in the trumpet with his performance of Red White and Blues by Leonard Bernstein. Alex S and Joe A are two exceptional saxophone players and they delighted the audience with their performances of Altango and Rise and Shine. Daniel and Charlie joined forces to perform the upbeat and complex Concert Duet for two horns by Phillip Sparke.  

Busking 5 member performing in URC Jan 30 2020 Saxophone performance in URC January 2020

Busking 5 performing in URC Recital Jan 2020 Dan on drums in Busking 5 URC Recital Jan 2020

After their individual performances, the boys came together as a band to perform a set Busking 5 arrangements. It is probably fair to say that the lovely hall of Water Lane Church, had never experienced such an explosion of funk and dance rhythms! The Busking 5 demonstrated the mastery of their craft, learnt through numerous hours of public playing in the streets of Cambridge and Stortford, which resulted in a highly polished and professional series of performances. Both their music making and presentation shows why they have become such a popular band.   

Violin & Flute Recital Thursday 23rd January

On Thursday 23rd January a group of three Upper Sixth Music Scholars launched this year's series of Spring Term lunchtime concerts in United Reformed Church. Yuki C and Inez P performed on the flute and Anthony T played the violin.

Anthony on violin in URC January 2020

The start of the concert featured the Allegro in G by Fiocco, played with great character and conviction by Anthony. He followed with two other substantial violin works, the 3rd movement of Brahms’ Sonata in A Op. 42 and “Bolero” by Jenö Hubay.

Yuki on flute in URC January 2020 Inez on Flute in URC January 2020

Inez then performed “Serenade” by Riccardo Drigo on the flute which was followed by the unaccompanied duet “Sonatine Op. 96” Hans Köhler also featuring Yuki. The recital finished with an arrangement for two flutes and piano of “Sheep may Safely Graze” by J.S. Bach. All performers were very accomplished and demonstrated excellent communication and expressive skills.

They were all skilfully accompanied by David Arkell, who once again demonstrated his mastery of the piano.