Virtual Lunchtime Concerts
Following on from the success of our Spring term Water Lane Lunchtime Recital Concerts, and seeing as our talented musicians have found a little more time to practice during the lockdown, the Music Department has created a virtual platform for them to share their music with our community.
Every Thursday at 1.30pm we will release a video compilation of various 'at home' performances. After the videos premiere, they will remain active on our YouTube channel, and can also be viewed below, to be enjoyed at any point in the future.
14th May - Piano and Vocal
In the first concert, four pianists and one singer shared some delightful performances from their home studios. Rosie H played the upbeat 'Carnival in Rio' by William Gillock and Imogen P demonstrated her finger virtuosity performing 'The Brook' by Frank Bridge. Joshua H submitted a confident rendition of 'Thistles in the Wind' by Martha Mier, which was followed by a beautiful performance of 'The Giorni son che Nina' sung with impressive tonal control by Rosie H.
Finishing the recital Peggy S played a celebrated piano work, the 'Prelude' from Suite Bergamasque by Claude Debussy. This composition needs a skilful performer to bring out all the colours and nuances of character in the music, which Peggy does with great ease.
21st May - Piano, Violin and Trumpet
The virtual lunchtime concerts continued on Thursday 21st May with a delightful series of performances recorded at home by Prep School pupils Elizabeth O, Emily S, Catherine W, Neve L and Rebecca T playing the piano, violin and trumpet. Pieces included Vladimir Rebikov's 'The Shepherd Plays on His Pipe', 'Ready, Aim, Fire!' by Mark Nightingale and 'Elegy' by Gordon Jacob.
The Prep School Orchestra also joined together virtually to perform a medley of tunes from the famous boy wizard franchise, Harry Potter.
It is fantastic to see our musicians continuing to perfect their craft and to be able to share their musicianship.
4th June - Piano
The third of our virtual concerts took place on Thursday 4th June and featured a great number of pianists from the Prep and Senior Schools. The piano remains the most popular instrument amongst our pupils and the performances included in this week’s recital show the breadth of talent and musicianship that our young keyboard players possess. Justin M, began the recital with his own cover version of the popular song ‘Believer’ by the band Imagine Dragons. Justin has already been interviewed twice by BBC radio as well as having his own compositions played during prime-time slots on BBC Radio Essex.
The recital continued with a lovely selection of pieces performed by Prep School pupils Poppy S, Faye L-A, Hal S and William C. They performed piano works from various exam grades with character and musicality.
Edward C chose to perform a composition by the popular contemporary Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi, titled ‘Nuvole Bianche’ or ‘White Clouds’. Finishing the recital, Harry H recorded a performance of Beethoven’s 32 Variations in C Minor. It is important to highlight what an achievement it is to be able to play this piece at Harry’s age, as this composition is a real tour de force even for professional concert pianists!