The Scholars’ Concert is an annual event, and have taken place in the Thornely Studio ever since this building was opened in November 2011. Unusually, though the building was bathed in warm sunshine as a large audience assembled on Sunday for what was a superb concert.

Colm Williams (Y10) joined Hart House this year and is one of three new pipers to join the school this year. He played outside as the audience arrived.

The concert proper was opened by another Hartonian, Toby Randall-Paley (Y13) who played Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 (better known as Sonata Pathétique) with great flair. It was quite an opening!

He was followed by Will Player, who was one of five boys from School House. Will sang ‘Why god why’ from ‘Miss Saigon’, which is enjoying a revival on the West End in London.

It was the first concert for a few years in which we have enjoyed a performance by a bassoonist, and Hugh Hollins (Y9, SH) is a welcome addition to the music dept, having already taken his Grade 7.

His was a cool, highly musical performance. Olivia Ridsdale and Rose Arnold (CH, L6) formed the first duo of the afternoon, playing flute duet by Kohler. Alex Barker and Florian Wittstock formed the second, greatly impressing the audience with Spohr’s Op. 39 for violin.

After a concert that featured our soloists, we look forward to next week’s ‘Night at the Movies’, in which the orchestra and CCF Band will make their first appearances of the year.


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