Talented Perse musicians go live once more with showcase concert
2 Jul 2021
Prodigious Upper Sixth musicians brought sweet symphonic sounds to a live audience in a special end-of-year concert.
With the accompaniment of a nine-piece string orchestra formed of Perse music staff, some of the school’s most virtuosic performers took to the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre stage for a celebration of classical music.
Perse Director of Music Ben Wingfield explained: “It’s almost become a Perse tradition for our Upper Sixth musicians to perform a movement or two from a concerto backed by one of our large ensembles, but that was almost impossible this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I didn’t want their hard work to be overlooked and I wanted them to have a chance to perform, so in the end we managed to do the first trial musical performance with an audience made up of peers and staff.
“To have an audience in the PAC as opposed to just doing a pre-recorded performance was pretty amazing and it felt like a real occasion.
“After so many restrictions, it was quite an emotional event with being able to enjoy the ease and spontaneity of live performance once again.”
Mila Henderson-Gill and Victoria Leung set the tone with a rendition of the opening movement from Poulenc’s Double Piano Concerto, with Perse Musician of the Year Juliette Richards and Kira Bhamra also performing excellent piano concertos.
Henry Butler (trumpet), Sarah Marshall (French horn) and James Rocca (trombone) brought along brilliant brass sounds, while Neil Sardesai played the final movement of Finzi’s Five Bagatelles on clarinet.
Sumptuous strings were provided by cellist Clementine Farman and violinist Hannah Seo, while Charlotte Richards gave a wonderful vocal performance of Handel’s Angels Ever Bright and Fair.
The concert was recorded and will feature in the Perse music department’s final online Friday Night Showcase of the academic year. To watch the concert, click here.
Mr Wingfield added: “The wonderful thing about being able to film and record their performances means they’ve got a proper recollection of their time here. It’s also a thank you for their years of dedication to music at The Perse and the joy they’ve brought to our department.”