Millfield Music had their first Evening Recital of the academic year, an evening full of high-quality classical music from our exceptionally talented students. This was also the first of two Evening Recitals in short succession, reflecting the popularity of this platform and depth of musical talent across our student body. To host two full concerts featuring music of Grade 7 and above in only one week is testament to the growth of the department and the dedication of its many musicians.
The evening began with Year 10 Tabitha performing the impressive Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov, known for its fast and energetic passages to resonate the excitable movement of the bumblebee. Played with incredible accuracy, technique and character through her smooth yet quick movements along the piano, Tabitha provided an excellent performance of this extraordinary piece. Followed was Upper Sixth Annabella singing Fauré’s Les Roses D’Ispahan, sung with great control as she communicated a highly-emotive performance of this deeply evocative piece. Lower Sixth student Emily took to the stage on piano performing Arietta by Adolfs Skulte, a beautiful piece played with delicacy to complement the cantabile and wholly expressive melodies throughout, an effortless yet wonderful interpretation of this piece. Lower Sixth Jo followed singing Show Me from My Fair Lady, a fun musical number sung with high energy and gratification. Following this we had some unaccompanied cello from lower sixth Toby performing Truckin’ Through the South by Aaron Minsky. A change in character with this rustic and engaging performance, played with pure enjoyment!
Year 11 Amelie was up next performing the Prelude from The Victorian Kitchen Garden Suite on clarinet. This was Amelie’s first performance in an Evening Recital and, needless to say, it was an excellent one: a beautiful attention to phrasing was clear throughout, with an apt dynamic range enhancing the character of this sublime movement. Followed was Lower Sixth Esme singing the aria Vedrai Carino from Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, a spectacular performance sung with charisma and vocal maturity, echoing the playfulness behind the aria. Lower Sixth Jo returned but, this time, at the piano; she performed Schubert’s Impromptu in Eb, a highly virtuosic piece that demanded technical mastery and a high degree of musicality. Upper sixth Woon Ngee, no stranger to the Johnson Hall stage performed two movements of Vivaldi’s Sonata in A minor on the Double Bass. A brilliant and captivating performance from these two contrasting movements, Woon Ngee showed exceptional technical aptitude whilst sharing the versatility of this often underperformed solo instrument.
Coming up to our final three acts of the evening, Grace from Year 10 performed the entrancing flute piece Hypnosis by Ian Clarke. An fascinating piece that highlighted the ethereal tones of the flute in a performance full of expression. Upper Sixth Yukha followed playing Mozart’s Adagio from Piano Sonata in C minor K457; her performance a commanding and evocative rendition of this movement whose technical demands are more complex than initially meets the ear. To conclude the evening, Year 11 Xanthe performed Allegro Appassionato by Camille Saint Saëns; her command over the cello and choice of repertoire was clear, with a stunningly sonorous tone achieved throughout. It was a remarkable performance for a cellist still so young, and a fitting climax to the evening.
View the photos from the event here.