Chamber Music Concert

This concert provided the chance for many of our ensembles to showcase some of the pieces they’ve been working on for much of the school year. We take a moment to thank the numerous visiting music teachers who provide expert individual tuition, whose tutees simply shone this evening. The Great School audience was treated to Ian Clarke’s Maya as an opener – a dancing delight from our Flute ensemble of Polly M, Esmé A-K, Honor S, Amelie R and Steffi M, with accompaniment by Anne H. This was followed by a String Quartet of Cecily M, Sophie W, Kinna W, and our Graduate Music Assistant Mr Adam Collins, who gave us a powerful and pacy rendition of Schubert’s Quartet No 14 Death and the Maiden, by turns lulling us with its gentleness, only to ratchet up the dramatic tension the next moment. Next came an astonishing performance by the Recorder Ensemble of Cecily M, Poppy T and Amelie R, who presented the Allegro Moderato, Adagio e Sempre Piano and Marcia from James Hook’s Trio Op 83 No 5 – more commonly arranged for flute. A sublime and calming ten-minute interplay between the players, to carry us gently into the interval. We were treated to three pieces on and around the piano after the break: the third and fourth movements of Shostakovich’s Piano Trio Op 67, by the Piano Trio of Cecily M (violin), Kinna W (cello) and Aidan S (piano) was evocative and nervy. The tension was released as Kelly T took the piano, with William S on French Horn, for Glière’s Intermezzo Op 35 No 11, full of calmness and subtlety. The final piano-led piece is the altogether jauntier Miniatures for Piano Trio (1 &2) by Frank Bridge. Here we were treated to wonderful interplay between Randa H’s piano, Sofia R’s cello, and Eliza H’s violin. To close this truly delightful concert, the long-standing Lancing stalwart that is Honk! took to the stage – the annually changing saxophone quartet who, this year, comprised Sophie M-S, Ivan L, Finn H and Jonny W. They entertained us with Holcombe’s arrangement of Gershwin’s Three Preludes – which was frankly a fun-packed masterpiece in their hands. It was an evening of emotional musical journeys, but every one of us left with a smile.