The Perse School

Music news round-up

1 Feb 2016

As we look back at some brilliant events this past week, we also look ahead to events taking place before half-term.

Monday evening saw the hotly contested Piano final of Perse Musician of the Year. The final was judged by Chenyin Li, an international concert pianist who is returning to Perse in March to deliver a piano masterclass. She was very impressed by the excellent standard of playing, and the high level of preparation that had clearly gone into each of the pieces; congratulations to both the finalists, and all who took part in the preliminary round of the competition. The winners of the respective classes were:

  • Grade 0-3: Neil Sardesai
  • Grade 4-5: Florence Harmer
  • Grade 6-7: Simon Skovgaard
  • Grade 8+ (and going through to the final of Perse Musician of the Year): Julia De Luca

On Wednesday, we invited acclaimed clarinettist Shaun Thompson in to give a recital and a masterclass to our clarinet students. Combining a down-to-earth warmth with a high level of expertise, Shaun saw that all students audibly improved their pieces by the end of the masterclass – we hope to invite him back soon.

The last fortnight before half-term contains a few important dates for the diary. All events are free and parents are welcome to attend and support:

  • Wednesday 3 February – Daphna Sadeh-Neu  – quintet jazz recital and masterclass
  • Thursday 4 February – Doric String Quartet recital and masterclass
  • Monday 8 February – recital by Chloe Beresford-Jones (Head of Singing) accompanied by Jill Morton (Head of Keyboard)
  • Tuesday 9 February – Perse Musician of the Year guitar final
  • Wednesday 10 February – Singers’ Concert
  • Thursday 11 February – Chamber Music Concert

Finally, The Hooligans, a band consisting of Maeve (Year 8) and Ailis (Year 11) Halligan and their father, performed at the Cambridge Junction Acoustic Fiver night last Friday to a rapturous response. The live performance was recorded for BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, which you can listen to via the BBC iPlayer (The Hooligans’ performance begins 41 minutes into the show). The recording is available until 17 February.

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