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    GCSE and A Level Recital

    GCSE and A Level Recital

    The GCSE and A Level Recital is a highlight of the College musical calendar, showcasing the talent and musicianship of many of our most advanced performers. For the second year running the Art Gallery, with its reverberant acoustic, was transformed into an inspiring venue for the solos, ensembles and compositions prepared by pupils for their coursework portfolios.

    The pupils played with confidence and musicianship to a delighted audience of parents, teachers and friends. Emily Henson opened the concert with an ensemble arrangement of Handel’s famous Arrival of the Queen of Sheba for two oboes, cello, bassoon and piano which showcased technical agility, musical phrasing and precise ensemble skills. Anoushka Trivedi’s piano Waltz in A by Weber captured our imagination with a delicate and sensitive performance. Isaac Hammond’s Minuet and Trio from a Mozart Divertimento for two clarinets and cello was charming and full of character. Ana Sofia’s glorious trumpet melody sang with a crystal clear timbre in Lucky to be Me and Teoman Demirci’s Flower Duet by Delibes for two saxophones flooded the gallery with richness and warmth.

    A change of pace and genre followed as George Rawlings took to the drum kit to perform Primitive Notion by Radiohead, which he played with assurance and flair. Sophie Ewing’s Canción para dormir una muňeca  by Estévez was constrastingly gentle and thoughtful evoking Venezuelan childhood. Emmanuelle Vuilleumier and Yoon Seo Kim brought us back to the Baroque with the opening of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, another impressive example of agile playing and interweaving textures. Bram Al Sharifi’s Viva la Vida by Coldplay got us ‘in the groove’ with engaging communication and musical singing while Ana Sofia’s enchanting composition for voice, guitar and drum kit transported us to ‘the warmth of a summer paradise’. The evening concluded with Yoon Seo Kim’s performance of Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani which she is preparing as part of her A level performance coursework. Her performance was mature, skilful and musical, and she captivated the audience with her powerful and engaging performance.

    We congratulate all these talented pupils on a terrific concert and an entirely enjoyable evening and thank the Music Department and the Instrumental teachers for their coaching, support and guidance.