Music Scholars enthral audience at London venue

Posted on Thursday 14 February 2013

Concert in aid of the Shiva Charity

St Peter’s, Eaton Square was the splendid backdrop for last Tuesday’s Music Scholars’ concert in aid of the Charity Shivia. This distinguished London church, magnificently shimming in gold leaf, reverberated to a varied, colourful and energetic programme presented by these talented young players. The programme opened with a Handel trio sonata, accompanied on the church’s famous organ and played from the organ gallery – the music floating effortlessly through the building from above the audience making for a spine tingling start.

The evening then moved through well known works by Beethoven, Donizetti, Schubert, Wagner and Glazunov, each played with a commitment and maturity which belied the age of the players. However, less familiar music was nobly represented in a work for Trumpet and Organ by Hovhaness, Piano music by Madsen, a jazzy Saxophone Divertimento by Boutry, a beautifully moving trio for Soprano, Flute and Piano by Chaminade and a unique reworking of the Pachelbel Canon for Marimba.

The greatest surprise of the evening however, was a new work for Electric Guitar and Organ by student Josh Riordan called “Beethoven, nicht so Pathétique” which certainly rocked the building! The music concluded with toe tapping offerings from the Time Out Jazz Septet which, combined with some energetic vocals from the remaining Scholars made a spectacular finale to this vibrant evening of music.

Of the many distinguished guests, local MP Sir Gerald Howarth was enraptured by the talent and versatility of the students: “Not only are they so talented” he said “but they do so much; I can’t understand how they have time to go to College! This is yet another evening in which you’ve shown how good Farnborough Sixth Form College is..... at everything it does”.

Speaking after of the concert, Director of Music Paul Bambrough said: “Once again, I am thrilled and humbled by what our remarkable students achieve. Each and every one of them has offered something unique and their generosity of time, talent and spirit is inspiring”.

Second year Music Scholar Amelia Evans was enthusiastic in her response to the evening: “Having the opportunity to play with other talented musicians drawn from such wide ranging backgrounds has really inspired me to development my musicianship beyond what I ever thought I could achieve”. First year Elliot Phelps agreed and added: “Evenings like this show how important music is in education and how it is vital that music remains central to the life and work of colleges like ours.”

The next event in the Music Department’s calendar is on Friday 8th March, when we welcome the internationally acclaimed pianist Clive Williamson to give a recital as part of the Farnborough International Piano Series. Full details can be found on the concerts page http://www.farnborough.ac.uk/College_Concerts 

Further details about the charity Shivia, can be found at www.shivia.com/    

Sophie Edwards and Beth Mabin performing on the platform by the St Peter's Organ

Sophie Edwards and Beth Mabin performing on the platform by the St Peter's Organ

Josh Riordan

Josh Riordan

Pippa Bint

Pippa Bint

Jago Thornton

Jago Thornton