Queen Anne’s join with The Oratory for a concert at St. John’s, Hyde Park

Thursday 22nd March 2018

On Tuesday 20 March 2018, musicians from Queen Anne’s School and The Oratory School presented a concert of the highest order at  St John’s, Hyde Park. All pupils engaged and participated in some challenging repertoire in this wonderful setting.

Astrid P-L and Molly S performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets, demonstrating remarkable skill and accuracy and a deep appreciation of baroque performing practice. Their management of the high lines and fast moving baroque patterns, on their piccolo trumpets was simply outstanding.

The Oratory School Consort demonstrated great choral diversity by performing works by Rachmaninov, Byrd and a very successful work by their own Director of Music, Stephen Burrows.

The central work within the concert was Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, movement I, performed by both schools. The ensemble was coherent, with members of the orchestra playing with accuracy, self-control and poise.

The high point of the compositions performed by QAS Consort Choir was Camille M’s (Upper Sixth pupil) own work: Ave Verum Corpus. A most effective setting of this text with Camille demonstrating a real craft for vocal composition; the work was also effectively directed/conducted by Camille.

Equally, Queen Anne’s Wind Quintet performed Paloma Hamilton-Bowker’s (Upper Sixth) A level composition. Paloma’s composition is a very effective composition  focusing on patterns of the classical period. Paloma certainly demonstrates an excellent understanding of what woodwind instruments can achieve in an ensemble setting.

The final work in the concert, Mozart’s Spatzenmesse, gave the joint choirs the opportunity to work alongside a professional orchestra and a talented group of professional solo singers. This work was an excellent finale to what was a truly remarkable concert.

It is very important to acknowledge the excellent standards presented by our Upper Sixth pupils who now move into the final stages of their time at Queen Anne’s.

We must also acknowledge the brilliant musicianship of the departmental staff: John Padley, Andrew Passmore, Jonathan Burnett, Ian Haysted, Kathy Laughton, Anna Borzone, Silvia Ellison, Helen Norris (Librarian and orchestral oboist) and Claire Richards for her organisational and administrative skills.

A fine evening!





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