It was with great pride that the school celebrated the splendid Steinway Concert Grand piano with two concerts last Tuesday.
The first concert was a fantastic performance at lunch time for day boys and the second concert in the evening for the boarders, which was much longer and more challenging. We were also delighted to welcome many parents and staff to watch.
Both concerts showcased performances from boys demonstrating confidence and ability, as well as musical skill. There was a variety of musical styles from Baroque and Classical staples to more contemporary lighter works, and pieces possessing a range of technical and musical difficulties. All the boys performed strongly and with composure under the pressure of a focused and attentive audience.
The second part of each concert was a fabulous recital of piano music and a display of pianism and virtuoso playing from our own Mr Wilf Murray. He wowed his audience with the music he selected, and the response was a really enthusiastic and appreciative reception for his extraordinary playing. His Scarlatti was sparkling and evocative with the patterns dancing from the piano. The Beethoven Sonata movement was vibrant and intensely rhythmic, full of emotional drive and relentless energy. The Chopin Ballade was at once wrought with passion and angst but full of expressive melodic beauty. This demanding programme revealed the brilliance of both the performer and the instrument.
Thank you to everyone who attended for helping to make this the most fitting celebration at our first concert. The next time we will see the Steinway put through its paces will be on Wednesday 11 March, when the school host the Slough Philharmonic orchestra. Their programme will include the first movement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, and the last Movement of his 4th Piano Concerto. Don’t miss it.