Leavers' Recital 2017
The annual Leavers’ Recital celebrated the talents and achievements of 12 Upper Sixth music pupils. The programme featured some familiar faces and as well as pupils who are usually seen as dedicated ensemble performers, giving all pupils the chance to shine. Saxophone, clarinet, cello, violin, piano, and voice provided a wide selection of repertoire, from Shostakovich and Schubert to Gilbert and Sullivan and folksong.
Abba Atkin began proceedings with the unaccompanied ‘Wandering Sax’. The programme then took a turn for the dramatic with Wayne Ellam’s performance of an aria from ‘Iolanthe’, the beloved Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Two duets followed, the first of two clarinets, and the second of cello and piano. Returning to musical theatre, Susanna Khalkecheva gave a powerful rendition of a Miss Saigon classic. Alex Dawkins gave a moving performance of the ‘Theme from Schindler’s List’, with the first half ending with Nikos Maridis’s exhilarating performance of Shostakovich’s ‘Sonata in D minor, movement III’.
Robbie Brown opened the second half with a complex Schubert ‘Impromptu’, which contrasted with the beautiful simplicity of Isabelle Weir’s unaccompanied folk song that followed. An element of melodrama was brought by Eleanor Abercromby’s rendition of ‘Rosa’s Confession’, and then Ellie Brittain gave a wonderful performance of Finzi’s ‘Prelude’ for clarinet. Emily Vasiliou and Sophia Campbell du Boulay sang a hauntingly beautiful version of ‘Hallelujah’, and were followed by Alex Dawkins, who played a Rachmaninov duet with Mr. Boyle.