On Wednesday, the Year Ten Teatime Concert took place in Perrins Hall. Informal by nature, the Teatime Concerts provide a friendly platform for students to showcase their musical ability, performing solo pieces of their choice.
This Teatime Concert offered the opportunity for fourteen students to perform, each of whom played with confidence and commitment. Violin solos by Tobey Butler and Menna Sutton offered some sensitive violin playing, playing a tango and a jazz-infused, reflective ‘Cantabile’ respectively. Jack Pitt’s ‘Ejercicio’ on the classical guitar provided a fabulous opportunity to hear some authentic Spanish guitar music.
Wind solos were played by Ben Weller (playing the second movement of Haydn’s ‘Trumpet Concerto’), Grace Read (who played the ‘Poirot’ theme tune, by Christopher Gunning, on the saxophone) and Saffron Crump, who played a blues-infused flute piece ‘City Life 2’ by Paul Hart.
On the piano, Lucas Hancock played a sonatina by Benda, Aoife Smith performed Sibelius ‘Joueur de Harpe’ and Tobey Butler entertained with a miniature film entitled ‘Film Noir’. Emma Pickersgill’s performance of Chopin’s ‘Waltz L’Adieu’ in A major, was sensitive and subtle. Six songs rounded off the Concert: Saffron Crump’s, sprightly aria from Mozart’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’ contrasted Aoife Smith’s soulful rendition of Kander and Ebb’s ‘Maybe This Time’, whilst Heidi Pullan sang Reger’s lullaby ‘Maria Wiegenlied’ with real delicacy. Isla Tallon sang ‘Burn’ from the musical ‘Hamilton’, accompanying herself on the guitar, with two songs from Les Misérables. Concluding the programme, Niamh Murphy sang ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ and Nicholas Kaleniuk performed ‘Stars’. The whole Concert provided a welcome hour of Music in a busy RGS week and we congratulate all who performed.