Royal College of Music Junior Department
Type: Concert
Date: Friday 18 June 2010


Rebecca Baker Violin Seriozha Tugarinov Violin
Daniel Keen Viola Harry Gilfillan Cello
String Quartet op 18 No 1 (First movement Allegro con brio) LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Divertimento in F K158 (First movement Allegro) WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
String Quartet (First movement Allegro moderato) MAURICE RAVEL

Finlay Bain Horn accompanied by Susie Summers

Lara Ömeroglu Piano
Etude Op. 25 No. 7 FREDERIC CHOPIN
Concert Etude No. 3 "Un Sospiro" FRANZ LISZT
Suite De Danzas Criollas ALBERTO GINASTERA

Katy Smith Violin accompanied by Susie Summers
Sonata no 2 in A op 100 (First movement Allegro amabile) JOHANNES BRAHMS
Rhapsody no 1 BELA BARTOK


Friday’s concert, given by young musicians who attend the Saturday Morning Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, was a triumph and will go down in the Shaldon Festival annals as probably the best concert ever given in St Peter’s Church by aspiring young classical musicians. It was introduced by their Director, Peter Hewitt, who had kindly agreed to take time out of his busy schedule to visit the Festival.

First on the platform was a very young string quartet ably led by 14 year old Rebecca Baker on first violin with Seriozha Tugarinov (13) on second violin, Daniel Keen (12) on viola and Harry Gilfillan (13) on cello. They opened with the first movement of Beethoven’s String Quartet Op.18 No.1 and it was clear they were already showing a very good sense of ensemble playing with a strong sound and nimbly executed faster passages. They made a creditable effort with the varying textures of the first movement of Ravel’s String Quartet and finished with a great sense of style and phrasing in the first movement of Mozart’s Divertimento in F.

This was followed by Finlay Bain, a young horn player, who was a brass finalist in the 2010 BBC Young Musician of the Year and has won a foundation scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music from September 2010. In his first piece Notturno by Franz Strauss Finlay ably demonstrated the rich tone and beauty of the horn sound with lyrical and sustained lines and a deep sonorous final note. His second piece Hunter’s Moon by Gilbert Vinter has a local connection as it was composed whilst Vinter was on RAF aircrew training in Torquay during World War II. It is an entertaining recital piece which allowed Finlay to display a wide range of horn technique. His performance was further enhanced by the very fine piano accompaniment of Susie Summers, who is a Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music.

After the interval it was the turn of 18 year old violinist Katy Smith accompanied once again by Susie Summers. The two have performed regularly together over the past year including the string category finals of the 2010 BBC Young Musician of the Year. Playing on a very fine 18th century English violin, from the very first notes of the first movement of Brahms Sonata No 2 in A Katy captured the audience’s attention with the brilliance of her playing conveying the sheer lyric beauty of this movement. The dramatic Rhapsody No. 1 by Béla Bartók with its Romanian folk music references was a good choice to follow the Brahms, played with great authority and technical mastery.

Last but not least it was the turn of 16 year old pianist Lara Melda (Ömeroglu) fresh from her triumph of winning the coveted title of 2010 BBC Young Musician of the Year. The near capacity audience in St Peter’s was thrilled with her playing. The opening Chopin Etude Op.25 No.7 demonstrated so well her sense of musical shape and understanding of the music. The Franz Liszt Concert Etude No.3 Un Sospiro was a good showpiece for her technical ability and the concluding Suite De Danzas Criollas by Alberto Ginastera encapsulated her sense of rhythm, power and sheer exuberance. In his opening remarks Peter Hewitt had mentioned the interesting link that Lara’s teacher Emily Jeffery had been taught by David Parkhouse in whose memory Shaldon Festival had been founded. Lara received a standing ovation; a fitting end to an exceptional evening.

Enid Hayles

Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon


St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB


1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.


Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.