Fine music and a team effort

Year 12 musicians (David Lafferty, Stephanie Coram, Lauren Nicholson and Jessica Ward) at the Evening of Fine Music

Year 12 musicians (David Lafferty, Stephanie Coram, Lauren Nicholson and Jessica Ward) at the Evening of Fine Music

By Kirsten Knight, Head of Co-curricular Music

On Saturday 10 August seven of our Year 12 musicians performed in our “Evening of Fine Music”. TB Millar Hall was transformed in to an intimate concert venue with candles on the tables, the audience enjoying wine and cheese as they listened to the musical offerings of the night. Nick Moss, as Head of Year 12, was the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

The concert began with Joshua Daffern accompanying himself on piano as he sang “My Funny Valentine”. The audience was captivated by his beautifully controlled and emotional performance. Joshua segued in to “Armando’s Rhumba” by Chick Corea, ably accompanied by Finnian Clarke on Guitar and Liam Van Der Vyver on Drums.

Year 12 students at EOFM 2019 Lauren Nicholson and strings

Lauren Nicholson then took to the stage featuring in three entertaining quintets. The first was the 1st Movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A. Lauren and string players Jessica Ward, Monahan Hazlehurst, Sarah Zhu and Anneke Van Der Vyver did a fine job with this extremely difficult work. The mood was then changed dramatically with the comedic “Golliwog’s Cakewalk” and classic “The Merry Farmer Returning from Work” both with associate clarinettists Jack Coyle, Stephanie Ni, Eliza Malouf, Max Lemon, and Lauren’s dedicated clarinet teacher Penny Stuart-Smith.

Next on the musical menu was vocalist Stephanie Coram accompanied by Mrs Bronwyn Brown. Her rendition of “Solveig’s Song” from Peer Gynt was angelic and beautifully delivered. Olivia Young then presented a spirited and enjoyable “Goldfinch” Flute Concerto by Vivaldi accompanied by her father Mr Peter Young on Harpsichord.

Jessica Ward gave a polished and musically mature performance of the 4th Movement of Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole” for Violin, accompanied by Mrs Bronwyn Brown. She was followed by Sophie Genn on Piano. Sophie began with a beautiful Andante from Beethoven’s Sonata No. 15 Op. 28, finishing with an energising performance of Schubert’s “Impromptu No. 4”.

EOFM musiciansThe last performer of the evening was Alto Saxophonist David Lafferty. His performance of “Ausencias” by Piazzola, accompanied by Mrs Emily Leong, was wistful and reflective. David was then joined by our Big Band, led by Mr Ben Marston. Their performance of “On Green Dolphin Street” with solos by David had the audience buzzing at the end of the night.

It was a fantastic evening and I thank everyone involved, particularly the Year 12 featured musicians and their associate artists, Mr Nick Moss for capably guiding the audience throughout the concert, Mr Ben Marston, Mr Tim Minehan and the incredibly hard working and creative Media Crew, Mr Nick Akhurst and the Technical Crew for lighting the event, the Prefects who assisted with set up and managed the front of house, Mr Alan Lee for the photography, our brilliant Facilities team, and our Performing Arts Administration team for their help in organising the night.

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