Brighton College Choral Society
Wednesday, 04 May 2011

Congratulations to all musicians who took part in the college's Festival Concert on Wednesday 4 May in St George's Church, Kemptown.

The first half of the programme saw many of the college's smaller ensembles perform to a most impressive standard. The programme opened with Darcy Weller performing Vivaldi's Concerto for Guitar accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra. Martin Cheung followed with an accomplished account of The Lark by Glinka, transcribed for solo piano by Balakirev. The senior string quintet - Teddy Truneh, Corinne Hull (violins), Leah Varughese (viola), Scarlett Maguire (cello) and Louis Bickler (double bass) - performed the 2nd movement of Dvorak's 2nd Quintet in G. Earlier in the year they had enjoyed significant success with this in the National Chamber Music Competition and the audience clearly appreciated the opportunity to hear it performed on home ground. This was followed by a beautifully poised performance of the Pavane by Fauré, from the Lower 5th Flute Quartet - Dominique Skibinska, Max Skibinski, Emma Harris and Philippa Marshall. The College's Symphony Orchestra were on impressive form as they ended the first half with the first movement of Mozart's famous Symphony no 40 in G minor.

In the second half of the programme the Choral Society performed two lesser known works from the Baroque Period, Jephte by Giacomo Carissimi and Handel's Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne. Ellie Barnett, Corinne Hull and Sarah Latto all took solo roles in these pieces and the massed voices of over 140 pupils, staff, OBs, parents and friends produced a rousing and most enjoyable choral sound.

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