As audience members of the inaugural Visiting Music Teachers’ Concert, we were unsure what to expect. The teachers are often ensconced in a small music room demonstrating patience and care for all of their students. However, both pupils, parents and staff who attended were treated to a range of music, singing and performances more suited to a West End orchestra.
From the opening piano duet of the overture from ‘The Barber of Seville’, to an explanation of the story of ‘O mio babbino caro’, sung so beautifully by Sian Jones, accompanied on the piano by Mr Hammond Hall, the evening gave us all an insight into the talent and the exceptional natural ability of our visiting music teachers. With limited practice, the trios presented a ‘Trio in A minor Op. 188’ comprising of the French horn, the oboe and the piano as well as a more recent 2015 composition by an American composer, John Heins, which sounded like Gershwin due to the combination of the saxophone, clarinet and piano.
The history behind each piece of music was thoroughly described, helping set the tone, particularly ‘Deux Poemes de Lous Aragon’, which illustrated a village in France, severely affected by the war.
The passion, knowledge and professionalism was appreciated by the audience and we hope this will be the first of many concerts where our incredible team come together.Categories: Boys' Prep School Girls' Prep School Senior School