Harmony in Performance: Highlights from the Scholars’ Recital

The latest of our termly Scholars’ Recitals took place on Sunday 28th January – the first formal concert of 2024. As ever, a selection of soloists made up the majority of the programme, and we enjoyed varied selection of repertoire from pupils across all year groups.

Rose (L) opened the concert with a piano solo, followed by Joe (H)’s performance of a German Lied. Following that, we were treated to a run of soloists from some of our talented Year 9 scholars, including a virtuoso performance of ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ by Julia (L). As the recital progressed, our more senior musicians again came to the fore. Amongst these, Bruno (Y12, P) played a soulful piece by Degg on the alto saxophone, before Daniella (Y13, L) performed a stunning rendition of Alicia Keys’ ‘Empire State of Mind’. Congratulations to all soloists who graced the stage.

It was not just a solo recital, though. Our String Group played the beautiful ‘Ashokan Farewell’ with tremendous sensitivity and musicianship. As well as this, there was especially brilliant communication both within the ensemble and with the audience. 

Finally, our ‘Competition Choir’ took to the stage. They are so-called because they have reached the final seven of the prestigious National Choral Competition – an absolutely outstanding achievement in itself. The choir will compete for the title in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall in March, and as the continue to prepare for the event, they have been working intensively on all elements of their performance. The two pieces that they sang in the recital will be used in the competition. The first is a real favourite of the choir’s, a setting of Psalm 121 by their own conductor, Mr Seymour,  and first written for the Chapel Choir’s tour to the USA in 2019. In contrast, the second piece was an arrangement of the upbeat ‘It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!’. The choir are making excellent progress in their quest for musical excellence but also the need to convey the pieces to their audience.

There are many more concerts to look forward to in March – be sure to book on our events page.

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