The fast approaching end of the school year was well accompanied by the annual Junior Concert held on 14 June 2019. This concert featured amazingly talented young musicians from the Third and Fourth Forms, as well as our two prep schools in Hove and Worthing.
The concert began with Sinfonia enjoying a picnic with their teddy bears on the stage before performing Teddy Bears’ Picnic by John W Bratton to the audience, followed by Nimrod from Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. This music was calming and lyrical, which contrasted from the rather playful-sounding
Picnic. Sinfonia’s performance was rounded off with the joyous Can-Can by Jacques Offenbach.
After the interval, the audience enjoyed solo performances of varying styles from our young musicians. On piano, Randa H performed Fantasie by Mozart. This piece was filled with surprises for the audiences with many themes appearing in the music unpredictably. Following this, Matty C successfully conveyed the light and playful mood during his performance of Scherzo in B flat by Schubert. On strings, Freya W played Chanson Triste by Tchaikovsky on the double bass. The mournfulness and sorrow of the piece was well portrayed. Finally, Eliza H delivered a virtuosic violin performance of Mozart’s Rondo.
Among the fine wind performances, the audience enjoyed some jazz music from Malachy S who played Bopping Along by Gumbley on the alto saxophone. This was followed by the vocal performances, featuring music from Baroque operas to musicals. Rafi BP sang Ombra Mai Fu by Handel beautifully, with a graceful and stylistic expression. Next in the programme was Tom G singing Stars from Les Miserables. This song was technically challenging but Tom hit with ease all the high register notes with his powerful voice, and the sound rang through Great School.
For the finale, we heard Funk by Vizzutti performed by Ben M-S on the euphonium. It was a very suitable way to end the night with such a joyous and upbeat piece, which certainly got the audience tapping their feet along with the beat. Throughout the concert, the audience gave the loudest applause, and definitely enjoyed the wide range of musical styles in the programme which highlighted the talents of the young musicians of Lancing College.
Kelly T, Lower Sixth