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The Old Chapel at St John’s resounded to the strains of the inaugural Concerto competition on Thursday 12 May, with the School’s pupils accompanied by an orchestra of local professional musicians.
Seven musicians competed for the coveted trophy, each playing one movement from a number of very distinct concertos. Among the soloists were Robert Butler (Fourth Form, East) playing Mozart’s Flute Concerto no. 2 in D major, Alice Bloomfield (Upper Sixth, Gloucester) singing Handel’s Tecum principium in die virtutis from Dixit Dominus, Isobel Galloway (Upper Fifth, Gloucester) singing a movement from Elgar’s Sea Pictures and Kyle Jackson (Lower Sixth, East) playing Albinoni’s Oboe concerto in D major.
Three musicians were placed as finalists: Alex Semple (Lower Fifth, Churchill), having played the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, and Yvette Murphy (Upper Fifth, Haslewood), whose rendition of Weber’s Bassoon concerto in F awarded her second place; the winner overall was Joshua Geddes (Lower Sixth, West) who played a beautifully poised performance Grieg’s Piano concerto in A minor, the first movement.
The evening’s adjudicator, Mr Andy Myers, the Director of Music at Homefield Preparatory School, commented on the extraordinary talent that had been witnessed in over one and a half hours of performance. It was an exhilarating musical journey, with flawless performances, and is likely to be a competition that becomes something of a calendar fixture.
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