Thursday 15th Jun 2023

Grecian Valedictory Concert




Most of the musical performances in the summer term involve ensembles but Wednesday 14 June saw the Grecians Valedictory Concert, an evening dedicated to solo performances.

A capacity crowd in the Mellstrom Centre (of nearly 100 people) was treated to an evening of 17 items, featuring a variety of Grecian musicians. All instrumental families were represented (keyboard, strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, voice) and there were performances from Grecians who had been at CH for seven years, five years, four years and two years. The final performance of the evening was the odd one out in that it was an ensemble and it featured a guest appearance from a non-Grecian (Theo Benson on bass), alongside David on drums, Leo on piano and Jacob on guitar in a polished rendition of Herbie Hancock’s Cantaloupe Island. Earlier highlights included Leo’s performance of Schubert’s virtuosic Impromptu No. 2 in Eb, Alicia’s atmospheric offering of Rebecca Clarke’s Morpheus and Lucie’s stylistic ‘As when the dove’ from Acis and Galatea. Emily’s playing of the finale of Edward Gregson’s Tuba Concerto was particularly memorable in that she had been prevented from performing it in the Lent term Band Concert by a hockey injury! The repertoire was catholic in nature, with the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th century and popular eras all represented. Particular thanks are due to Robert Thompson and Steven Brookes for their sensitive piano accompaniment.

The CH Music Department would like to thank all performers, not only for this recital but for all that they have contributed in their time at CH.