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The world renowned Škampa Quartet enthralled a full Old Chapel last Friday with two emotionally contrasting quartets by Haydn and Dvorak. They have undergone a change in personnel since their last visit, with their former cellist, Lukáš Polák returning and the new addition of Adéla Štajnochrová on the violin. Their sound was as well balanced and harmonious as ever and the vast dimensions of the Dvorak Quartet in G, Op 107 allowed them to prove that they still continue to be a world leading ensemble. The arrangement of Happy Birthday by Heydrich was a timely tribute to the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and the birth of their quartet.
The following day, the quartet were joined by Anna Semple, who is one of our senior music scholars. Taking a day off her usual commitment at the Royal College of Music, Anna rehearsed the Quintet Op 97 by Dvorak before giving a recital later in the day. This short recital was well attended and was a delight to witness. There are not many school pupils that can boast playing with the Škampa Quartet, but Anna did this and much more. Her stylish and mature playing blended seamlessly with their ensemble and she rose to the occasion in every way. We are all very proud of Anna’s performance and exceptionally grateful to the Škampa Quartet for allowing this wonderful opportunity to happen.
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