On 11 March, this concert was held for the third time in five years at the wonderful venue of St Mary’s Church, Bromley, with its warm acoustics and enthusiastic audience. It was an opportunity for the up-and-coming young pianists at school to perform in a public concert series, and the quality of music-making this time was particularly impressive.
Sophie Westbrooke (Y8) began the concert with Scarlatti’s Sonata in B minor, which was sparkling and joyous, yet also had its profound moments. This was followed by her own composition ‘Flying’, a piece which is now as popular as Ludovico Einaudi’s new-age minimalist piano pieces at school.
Lou Warnett (Y8) performed Ravel’s Sonatine with spontaneity and panache. This was also evident in his interpretation of the dances from Bach’s French Suite, which sang and leaped around with joy.
Johan Clubb (Y9) performed Bach’s D major Prelude and Fugue. The Fugue subject was noble and elegant, yet always fresh and invigorating. Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu followed, which was performed with virtuosity and passion.
Finally, Nina del Ser (Y11) presented a contrasting programme of the classical Haydn and two giants of romantic pianism, Liszt and Rachmaninov. Haydn’s C major Sonata, a work which contains unusual pedal effects for its time, was performed with stylistic sensitivity as well as easy communicativeness. To end the concert, Nina mesmerized the audience with her delicate touch in Rachmaninov’s 'Lilacs' and breathtaking soulfulness in Liszt’s 'Un Sospiri'.
Monday 12 March 2012
by Charlotte Hails