Musical Skills on Display at Staff Charity Concert
The musical skills of some of our academic and music staff were on show recently at the Staff Charity Concert.
The evening saw an enthusiastic audience serenaded by the fine pianistic skills of Head of Sixth Form, Oliver Ridley, who played a piece by Rachmaninov, while Karen Paul performed a demanding piece by Szymanowski. Karen, who organised the concert featured one way or another in most of the items, either as a soloist or accompanist.
The impressive vocal talents of maths teacher Chris Mason were evident in Gilbert and Sullivan numbers, with English teacher, Emma Forward providing a moving performance of Flow my Tears by Dowland.
The Headmaster, Richard Biggs, featured in the Brahms Horn Trio, a demanding work. His soaring horn lines sounded fabulous in the generous acoustic of the Chapel. Karen Paul on piano and Deputy Head Colin Albery on violin completed the trio.
Members of the music department also displayed their talents, starting with Stuart Paul’s technical mastery of the Variations by Arban for trumpet, Guy Bacon’s guitar wizardry in two pieces by Villa Lobos and Emma Edwards’ beautiful singing of Berlioz's song La Spectre de la Rose.
The evening finished with four members of the music department performing Laudate Dominum by Mozart, featuring Emma Edwards accompanied by Karen Paul, Alison Powell and Colin Albery. The evening was a huge success and raised a good sum for the charityMIND.