Another fantastic evening of live music making of the highest quality, Millfield students took to the stage for an opportunity to showcase their instrumental and vocal talents in this summer term’s Evening Recital. With a staggering diversity of musical styles on offer, with students from Year 9 to Upper Sixth, the performing aptitude of all involved in the recital was astonishing.
To open the concert, Year 10 Grace performed ‘Idylle’ by Benjamin Godard, a tranquil performance, Grace successfully embodied the rich tones of the flute throughout this work. Year 10 Keamen performed ‘Calle Abajo’ by Roberto Pintos, displaying a well-controlled and characterful performance. Lower Sixth Eloise was up next, singing ‘Broadway Baby’ from ‘Follies’ by Stephen Sondheim, providing a strong and enjoyable interpretation of this showstopping musical number. Moving to the romantic era, Jo in Lower Sixth performed Brahms’ ‘’Intermezzo in A major’. Jo certainly captured the romanticism and emotion within Brahms’ genius writing. Lower Sixth Caspian then performed ‘Money, O!’ by Michael Head, showcasing his vocal bass range with great control and maturity.
Making her debut performance in the Johnson Hall, Year 9 Annabel played ‘Chopin’s Mazurka in A minor op. 17 no. 2’, performing with great musicality and virtuosity, a strong first-time appearance on the piano. Up next saw Lower Sixth Ella performing ‘In His Eyes’ from ‘Jekyll and Hyde’; another great musical theatre piece, Ella captured the character greatly behind this work as well as displaying her well-developed musicality. Lower Sixth Toby on cello performed Boccherini’s ‘Rondo’, a highly confident and proficient performance displaying meticulous technique throughout. Year 10 Tabitha took to the stage next, performing ‘Prelude no.2’ by George Gershwin; a wonderful and mysterious piece, Tabitha shaped this work with great musicality, bringing out the many colours it inhabits. Imogen in Lower Sixth sung ‘Silver’ by Armstrong Gibbs, an elegant performance of this shimmering piece, suiting Imogen’s voice splendidly. Up next, on the oboe, was Year 10 Cecilia performing Albinoni’s second movement from his ‘Oboe Concerto in D minor’; her rendition was beautifully evocative and full of character, shaping its lyrical phrases with an effortless poise.
Xanthe in Year 11 then performed ‘Elegy’ by Kenneth Leighton; a reflective and captivating performance, Xanthe’s ability to allow the cello resonate its beautiful tones is exceptional. Lower Sixth Maddie sung ‘What Good Would Be The Moon Be’ by Kurt Weill - another stunning performance, Maddie’s musicianship was consistently remarkable throughout this picturesque piece. Following was Lower Sixth Hamish who, after not performing for over a year, delivered a striking and highly emotive performance of the second movement of Elgar’s ‘Cello Concerto in E minor’. It was great to see Hamish back in his element again. Izzy in Year 9 was up next with ‘A Cricket Sang And Set The Sun’ by Blake Tyson. A master at the marimba, Izzy provided a fascinating performance of a piece that truly highlights the glorious tones of this amazing and brilliantly versatile instrument. Esme in Lower Sixth followed with Verborgenhet by Hugo Wolf, a piece that suited her voice excellently, delivering a thoughtful and characterful rendition of this work. Lower Sixth Emily then performed Brahms’ highly challenging Clarinet Sonata in F minor, displaying great musicianship throughout this technical and staggeringly virtuosic piece. Woon Ngee in Upper Sixth performed Romanian Folk Dances by Bela Bartok, a collection of small dance miniatures, capturing the unique character of each movement with maturity, musicality and effortless style. Lastly, Upper Sixth Emily performed Variations on a Theme of Rossini by Bohuslav Martinu. This was a ferocious piece, very technically and musically demanding, with Emily managing it brilliantly, showcasing her impressive mastery of the cello.
View all the photos from the event here, and watch the performances here.