Review of the Concerto Concert by the King’s School Ely in the Hayward Theatre on Friday 29th June 2012

Ian Sutcliffe is undoubtedly one of the best Directors of Music the King’s School Ely has  enjoyed and his ‘swan song’, a concert featuring the musical ‘stars’ of the school was a most fitting occasion to ‘round off the school year’.

As expected, the standard of these young performers was phenomenal. As young soloists, having the opportunity to share their talent and to perform with an orchestra no doubted added an extra dimension to their experience before some of them leave the world of school and head out into the world to make their mark.

The concert opened with Christiane Lewis playing the lively Allegro maestoso from Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G major.  The clear, pure tone she produced on her flute made the piece sparkle. Kate Collins followed playing ‘Meditation from ‘Thais’ by Massenet on the violin. This young lady shone with phenomenal musicality and the exquisite sounds she coaxed from her instrument were awe-inspiring. She certainly brought this popular piece alive. C.J. Porter-Thaw is one of the school’s most renowned musicians and his performance of Trumpet Concerto Andante and Allegro by Haydn earned him his place as one of King’s School Ely’s finest.

A delightful interlude was provided by some of the Sixth Form Leavers and Scholars: Fern Ashby, Sally Cheng, Maxine Eddleston, Brad Fulford, Ben German, Oliver Hill, Harriette Pink and Henry Sandercock. Conducted by Miss Vanessa Scott, they entertained us delightfully with a fitting excerpt from Mozart’s ‘Cosi fan tutte’. The maturity of their voices and their intuitive musicianship brought balance and meaning to their performance.

Contrast was provided by a smooth, luxurious performance by Ben German on his alto saxophone playing ‘Blues Concerto’ Pastoral by Holcombe. He was ably accompanied by the brass quintet: C.J. Porter-Thaw (trumpet), Elric Doswell (trumpet), Jadz Tooth (trombone), Max Haires-Messenger (French horn), Chris Aniskowvizc (tuba)

A young music student was once asked why they wanted to learn the clarinet. The student replied that it was simply because they liked the sound of the instrument. Luke Cave gave a splendid example of how beautiful and mesmerizing this instrument can be when he performed ‘Five Bagatelles’ Prelude, Romance and Fughetta by Finzi on his clarinet. The Romance was particularly captivating while the Fughetta demonstrated an amazing technique.

These talented performances were enhanced by the high standard of the orchestra led by Helen Medlock and conducted by Ian Sutcliffe.

This was a most delightful musical occasion on such a warm summer’s evening — one that will no doubt be remembered by all participants in time to come.



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One Response to “Review of the Concerto Concert by the King’s School Ely in the Hayward Theatre on Friday 29th June 2012”

  1. bkpyett Says:

    Ro, Thank you for visiting my blog and becoming a follower! I am interested to read your reviews too. It sounds as if you lead a very rich life!

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