Perse musicians hit the right note with Symphonic Showcase Concert
Assistant Director of Music Ben Wingfield reflects on the Perse Symphonic Showcase Concert.
Four of The Perse School’s finest ensembles put on an evening of symphonic scale music in the inspiring acoustics of Saffron Hall in Saffron Walden – the first of two concerts at the venue this year.
The Symphony Orchestra was given the challenge of tackling the entirety of Dvorak’s beloved Symphony No.9 in E minor From the New World.
To learn more than 50 minutes of music in less than nine weeks is quite an undertaking, but the orchestra rose to it with aplomb, offering plenty of excitement in the dramatic outer movements, playful skittishness in the scherzo, and expression in the famous second movement.
The second half featured the school’s Senior Brass Dectet in a toe-tapping rendition of the first movement of Jeffrey Agrell’s Jive Concerto, while the Perse Soloists performed Bach’s joyous Brandenburg Concerto No.3 with motoric energy and zest.
Wind Band 1 brought the concert to a close with two John Williams favourites, the march from the cult John Belushi film 1941 was played with energy and vigor, and a selection of themes from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial was a sensitive and uplifting end to the concert.
This was music-making of ambition and high standards, well and truly met!