Chamber Music Concert

Thursday 27 June 2019

The major ensembles on which CH prides itself – the Band, Chapel Choir, and Symphony Orchestra particularly – are often on show; Sunday 23rd June was a time for the smaller groups to have their moment in the sun; and what a moment it was!

Some of the chamber groups, like the Sax Quartet and Chamber Orchestra, are well-established ensembles. Other have been formed this term especially in preparation for this concert, designed to hand musical (and practical) responsibility over from teachers to pupils, encouraging leadership alongside creativity.

The concert gave a platform for outgoing Grecians to play major roles, notably Kate in the spirited Allegro of Bach’s Brandenburg 5, and Ben in a sublime rendition of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. The Chamber Orchestra gave a mesmeric performance of the Adagietto from Mahler 5, whilst the Clarinet Quartet brought a playful bonhomie to proceedings with an arrangement of Csárdás by Monte. The Brass Quintet finished the concert with really well sculpted, classy performances of Duke Ellington’s Come Sunday and a medley of Gershwin songs.

A wonderful concert (see full programme below) of impressive quality to round-off an enjoyable Parents’ Day. Bravo to all involved.

P. A. J. Hodgkinson, Director of Music



Chamber GroupBach, Brandenberg No. 5: Allegro
Chamber OrchestraMahler, Symphony No. 5: Adagietto
Double Reed EnsembleBeethoven, Trio in C major op. 87: Finale Presto
Clarinet QuartetMonte, Czardas
Tuned Percussion DuoGlennie, Little Prayer
Dixieland BandJimmy Kennedy & Will Grosz, Isle of Capri
Ray Lopez & Alcide Nunez, Livery Stable Blues
Chamber GroupVivaldi, Concerto in D major RB 93: Largo, Allegro
Clarinet QuintetMozart, Clarinet Quintet in A, K581: Allegretto (Th. & Var.)
Sax QuartetPiazzolla, Libertango
Brass QuintetEllington, Come Sunday
Gershwin, Four Hits for Five