Year 11 concert

Year 11 Concert

What a treat to hear our wonderfully talented cohort of Year 11 GCSE Music students last Thursday. As part of their final examination they record a performance but this concert was more in the way of a celebratory showcase. What delights await the examiner! With some clever programming we were able to run the full gauntlet of musical history and genres; from Handel, thank you Salma for your gorgeous singing of ‘Dove sei, amato bene?’ to Mozart and Katherine’s well paced Piano Sonata in A minor and Ella’s  ‘L’ho perduta, me meschina’. Onto Gluck, and Isabella (Violin) performed the famous Melody from ‘Orphée et Eurydice’. Faure got a look in, courtesy of Elizaveta and the ‘Sicilienne from ‘Pelléas et Mélisande’ on the Flute. Staying with the Romantics, Ottile had us reaching for the tissues with a sublime reading of the second movement from Bruch’s Violin Concerto. Eva (Violoncello) certainly gave Saint-Saëns ‘Allegro appassionato’ the passion and intensity this piece demands. Amelie (Piano) calmed us down with ‘Trois Gymnopédies’ by Satie. We revisited Mozart with Emily (Flute) giving an exquisite performance of the slow movement from his Flute Quartet. Musical Theatre was wonderfully represented with some perennial favourites ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ -we certainly did with you Maja, and, we were left wondering at what might have been by Arissa’s hauntingly melancholic ‘Empty Chairs at Empty Tables’.  Further exploration had Kimi (Flute) ‘serenading’ us and Yanna (Piano) ‘Jingoing’ with a Rock Prelude. We will be hearing much from ‘The Sound of Music’ in the months to come, but Chloe (Voice) left us in no doubt whatsoever about the  value of a Channing education.  Her ‘I Have Confidence’ said it all!  ‘All I Ask’ is that you do listen again to Aoife (Voice) and Zalie’s  ‘Million Years Ago’ powerful performances. Was it deliberate that this fabulous feast of music ended with ‘Maybe This Time’ Ruby (Voice)? Yes! If anything was needed to sum up the joy of music-making and live performance that this group feel, the hotly anticipated and marvellous Year Eleven Medley, arranged by Katherine, was proof!

Mr Boxall