St. John’s Church Strings Concert

St. John’s Church Strings Concert

Pupils from the Prep and Senior School performed a lunchtime concert at St. John’s Church, Caterham. A receptive audience heard performances from the Caterham Prep School’s String Quartet and the Early Music Consort, one of Caterham School’s string ensembles.

Special mention and commendation must be extended to the soloists of the concert. Alexander from Caterham Prep School performed Concertino by Küchler. His playing was both musical and lyrical and his piece prepared superbly. Michelle, a GCSE pupil in the Fifth Year performed Ladies in Lavender by Hess on the violin. Her performance was lyrical, warm and really caught the essence of the piece brilliantly. Karlijn performed Radetzky March on the cello; the performance was both spirited and lively and was clearly well-prepared. Mathilde performed Allegro by Fiocco on the violin, giving her debut solo performance since joining the school this year; Mathilde demonstrated sound intonation and tone in her performance. Nathan treated the audience to a well-prepared and stylish performance of Sons de Carrilhoes by Pernambuco on the guitar. Seb Y performed Sonata in D, a cello duet with Mrs Quinton by Boismortier. Seb performed with lyricism but also expression in this duet, demonstrating excellent sense of ensemble and musical understanding.

Finally, special mention must go to Frances in the Lower Sixth Form for her performance of Bach’s Cello Suite. Her performance was wonderfully clean, precise whilst still maintaining the warmth and depth in tone required of this repertoire. I would also like to thank Frances, Michelle and Philip for working with and supporting our younger performers so wonderfully in the past few weeks; it is fantastic to see our music scholars sharing their musicianship with their peers. I would like to both congratulate and thank all pupils for their performances on Wednesday. The audience, of which the majority consisted of local members of the community, spoke very highly of the quality of performances and insist on a return visit in the future. Well done to everybody.

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