£200 Raised For Launchpad Through Staff Concert

Friday 24th June 2016

Staff members from Queen Anne’s School have raised over £200 for the Reading’s Homeless Support Charity, Launchpad. Members of the school’s music department and other teaching staff came together to perform a concert at St Andrew’s Church in Caversham. Below, L4 musician, Molly Skeil, shares her account of the half-term concert:

“On Sunday 5 June, in St Andrew’s Church, Caversham, an extraordinary concert was performed by eight of Queen Anne’s staff members. In aid of Launchpad, a charity supporting the homeless and preventing homelessness in Reading, this performance showed the first-class talent of not only our music teachers but the amazing talents of those teaching in other academic areas as well.

The concert began with a jolly piece by Ireland on the organ, played by Mr Giddens, setting the concert off to an energetic start. This was followed by a more serious piece, the well-known ‘Meditation’ by Massenet, played beautifully on the violin by Mr Burnett. Then, Miss Newton and Miss Borzone continued with a melodic duet by Kummer, in which the two cellos wove around each in conversation. They also played solo pieces, each showing the mellow, evocative sound of the cello in their different ways.

In between these performances on the cello, Miss Clubbe wowed the audience with a recital of movements from ‘Exultant Jubilate’. I think she really made the music come alive; there was so much variation in her singing and she powered out the high notes with her amazing voice. The sound resonated through the whole church.

On the piano, Mr Redfern played a lovely Brahms Intermezzo. He then captivated the audience with an exhilarating ‘Toccata’ by Khachaturian. This piece was fast and complicated but Mr Redfern played it with complete fluency from memory; it was thrilling to listen to.

Towards the end of the concert, the strings players, joined by Miss Clubbe on violin and Dr Ingram on viola, came together for an impressive and lively Schubert String Quintet. This showed off the outstanding ensemble skills of the group – every intricate passage played was perfectly in time.

Finally, Miss Clubbe ended the concert with an exciting and moving performance of Gershwin’s Summertime, with backing by the strings and piano. Apart from being a favourite tune of many people, the piece really suited the weather of that day!”

Written by Molly Skeil, L4