It proved to be a great success, both musically and financially, and the variety of performers were enthusiastically received by an appreciative audience.
Heather and Fern started the concert with the ever popular Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, then showing their versatility in Andres’s La Ragazza. Freya then played the Theme from Schindler’s List with great sensitivity. Daisy showed a range of techniques in contrasting pieces; Leroy Anderson’s Trumpeter’s Lullaby, and the first movement of Neruda’s Trumpet Concerto.
After suitable refreshments, the audience enjoyed Seb, who played not one but two virtuoso pieces on violin. His sister Hannah was unwell and couldn’t play, hence Seb stepped in with great spirit and technique, accompanied by his Mum, Sarah.
Chloe, making her performing debut, played beautifully in Gluck’s Che Faro senza on flute. Matty took over the piano from accompanist Michael Barlow (to whom thanks and appreciation are recorded). Matty played Rachmaninov’s Elegie from Morceaux de Fantasie, showing a huge range of dynamics and sensitivity. Matty followed this with his own arrangement of I Got Rhythm by Gershwin, to the delight of the audience. Finally, Chloe took centre stage and displayed her range of skills, sensitivity and musical presence in her three pieces. They were Negum improvisation by Bach, 1st movement of Mozart’s violin concerto, and Praeludium and Allegro by Kreisler.
A most satisfying evening. The Trust is most grateful to John Bowers, for organising so much ahead of and on the evening, Carol Stark for introducing and compering the evening so seamlessly, and to members of Rotary who supported the event.