Chetham's School of Music 2012
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Type: Concert
Date: Friday 22 June 2012


Chetham's School of Music Programme:

Adele Xiang – cello
Suite Italienne IGOR STRAVINSKY
Introduzione - Serenata - Aria - Tarantella - Minuetto e finale

Sarah Lenney – mezzo soprano
Sweeter than Roses HENRY PURCELL
Silent Noon RALPH VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS

Alexander Kelly – bass trombone
Prelude and Dance RAYMOND PREMRU

Samuel Gillespie - clarinet
Summertime GEORGE GERSHWIN arr.HARVEY
It Ain’t Necessarily So GEORGE GERSHWIN arr.HARVEY
Solo de Concours ANDRÉ-CHARLES MESSAGER

Amy-Jayne Milton - flute
Sonata op. 94 SERGEI PROKOFIEV
Moderato - Scherzo - Andante - Allegro con brio

Sarah Lenney – mezzo soprano
King David HERBERT HOWELLS
Old Sir Faulk WILLIAM WALTON

Alexander Kelly – bass trombone
Concerto No. 1 ALEXEY LEBEDEV

The Ensemble A RIGHT ROYAL ENCORE

Piano: Brenda Blewett
Director of Music: Stephen Threlfall

Detail:

In the second concert of the 2012 Shaldon Festival, we were treated to the impressive emerging talent of Manchester’s Chetham’s School of Music in a varied and well-balanced programme, featuring four solo instruments and voice.

The programme opened with 18-year old Adele Xiang on the cello, playing Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne. This work, adapted by Stravinsky from his ballet Pulcinella and written in his Neoclassical style, is very demanding of the cellist and would challenge any player of greater experience and maturity than Adele. But, she handled it with great skill and assurance. She brought warmth and touches of humour to the slow Serenata, beautifully captured the frenetic breathlessness of the Tarantella and moved with elegance into the Minuetto.

Sarah Lenney then gave us two tender love songs which well suited her pure mezzo voice; the first, Sweeter than Roses by Henry Purcell followed by the more languid, pastoral words of Rossetti set to music by Vaughan-Williams.

Alexander Kelly followed on the bass trombone – an instrument with which most of the audience would have been unfamiliar in solo performance – playing a piece by Raymond Premru which demonstrated the range and versatility of the trombone and showed why Alexander had won the Brass category of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition this year.

The first half concluded with a scintillating clarinet performance by 16 year old Samuel Gillespie; two arrangements by Roger Harvey from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and Solo de Concours by Messager, a melodic and summery evocation of youth and exuberance. Samuel demonstrated his mastery of technique and versatility and confidence well beyond his age.

In the second half, Amy-Jayne Milton performed Prokofiev’s Sonata op. 94 on the flute. This piece contrasts the yearning for peace with the destruction of war and Amy handled with equal ease and control the delightfully lyrical and wistful Moderato and the frantic Scherzo. Amy-Jayne is an expressive and assured musician.

Sarah Lenney returned with two more songs; King David by Herbert Howells – a soulful and richly subtle, melancholy piece – followed by the quite different rhythm and tone of Walton’s Old Sir Faulk.
The concert climaxed with Alexander Kelly playing Alexey Lebedev’s Concerto No. 1. Written for the tuba, it adapted seamlessly to the trombone. After a lyrical beginning, the music becomes increasingly demanding and Alexander once again demonstrated his complete control of his instrument.

As a finale, we were treated to an exuberant and wholly delightful version of Rule Britannia by the whole ensemble. Our thanks and congratulations go to Stephen Threlfall, Director of Music, and to Brenda Blewett, Head of Accompaniment, for a rewarding and memorable evening.

Neil McRae


Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon



VENUE

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

CAR PARKING ADVICE

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.

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

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.