Chetham's School of Music 2007
Type: Concert
Date: Friday 22 June 2007

Chetham's School of Music
Accompanist: Brenda Blewett

Mikhail Nemtsov – cello
SCHUBERT Sonata in A minor, D 821 ‘Arpeggione’

Rachel Harston – flute, Sakura Tanaka – violin
PROKOFIEV Sonata for violin or flute, op.94

Laura Baker – mezzo soprano
PURCELL Music for a While
GRIEG Des Dichters Herz
GRIEG Stammbuchsreim
GRIEG Mens jeg venter JEROME KERN Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man

Mikhail Nemtsov – cello
GRIEG Det første møte
TCHAIKOVSKY Pezzo Capricioso

Rachel Harston – flute
FAURÉ Fantasie

Sakura Tanaka – violin
WIENIAWSKI Scherzo Tarantella


Friday night the accent was on youth with four very talented young musicians from Chetham’s School of Music. They took part in a workshop in the morning with pupils from Shaldon and Inverteign Primary Schools before giving a memorable concert in the evening. Celebrating the centenary of Grieg’s death, the imaginatively constructed programme featured pieces by Grieg for voice, flute, cello and violin alongside other showcase items for these amazingly talented students.

Mikhail Nemtsov who comes from St Petersburg gave a very warm and lyrical account of Schubert’s cello Sonata in A minor with beautifully sustained lines in the slow movement. This contrasted well with the intensity and virtuoso playing he brought to Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo Capricioso. Eighteen-year-old Rachel Harston, currently Principal Flute in the National Youth Orchestra, ably demonstrated the variety of sound and style that can be achieved in flute playing and gave a poised and confident performance of Fauré’s Fantasie. Laura Baker, a mezzo soprano and local girl from near Salcombe, gave a beautiful account of three Grieg songs. These were sandwiched between Music for a While by Purcell and the popular Jerome Kern piece Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man. Last but not least, Sakura Tanaka, just 15 years of age born in Tokyo, gave a technically brilliant display of violin playing. He played the 3rd and 4th movements of the Opus 94 Prokofiev Sonata with considerable aplomb, lyrical Andante followed by the heavily accented and rhythmical Allegro. He finished the whole concert with the beautiful tune of Grieg’s Solveig’s Sang arranged by Svendsen followed by the wonderful Wieniawski showpiece Scherzo Tarantella. He dazzled the audience with his nimble finger work in the most rapid passages and fully deserved the rapturous applause.

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.