With Lion King our main performance project this term, the Music Department chose a smaller scale concert. The venue was the Drama Studio which gave a more intimate ambiance to the music and, though the audience was rather larger than expected, there was still a chamber feel to the recital.
At the centre of the repertoire were the pieces that A level and GCSE students have prepared for their final exam. The "Stabat Mater" of Pergolesi, Bach's "Es ist vollbracht" and Axel and King's "Say Something" were performed by 10s and 11s. Esse Sellwood played Debussy's Syrinx" for solo flute while Hannah Greystone gave three pieces from her extended recital, songs by Purcell and Dowland, due to be recorded in March. The Siena Singers' items, Monteverdi and Nina Simone, could hardly have been more diverse.
As usual our wonderful peripatetic teachers were vital in preparing and accompanying their pupils and one highlight was the Telemann concerto that featured Alexandra Payne dueting with her viola teacher, Mrs Garty with St Catherine's Orchestra in support.
It was a first outing for the school's new harpsichord that also doubles as a chamber organ. We were particularly grateful to Bill Hunt, Anna Hunt's father, who came and played his viola da gamba in half a dozen pieces, adding a vital element of authenticity to our early music pieces as well as setting a professional level of musicianship for us all to aspire to.