Pupils’ Concerts give individuals and small chamber groups the opportunity to showcase current repertoire and entertain parents, staff and supporters for about an hour. They usually occur four or five times a term involving up to 30 boys in each case. The involvement of so many individuals makes it impossible to comment on every performance but it would be remiss not to record the very high standard, the poise and the variety that was on show in the first such concert of the spring term. Performers spanned the four sections of School that occupy the Alleyn Park site. The bar was set with a faultless violin solo from Shaoquan in Year 2. There then came a selection of string, woodwind, brass and percussion solos that would have graced any senior school concert platform. Violin, viola, cello, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, horn, drum kit and piano solos all followed in a concert that was so well-received by the audience. The preparation beforehand, and the poise in performance, were evident in every performance. The Year 7 String Quartet performed music by Susato and the concert closed with Jack, joined by Mr Brooke in a piano duet, playing an exquisite Cavatina by Kinross. Congratulations and thanks go to every performer for their contribution to a splendid hour of music. Special mention should be made of Tom in Year 8, one of our senior musicians, who gave a vibrant yet sensitive performance of Beethoven’s Für Elise on the piano. There is no hiding place when performing such an iconic piece and Tom showed considerable skill at the keyboard.
Well done to all. An impressive evening. Bravo!