On Sunday 3rd October, ‘Spring Strings’ showcased the College’s three resident ensembles which comprise the St George’s Emerging Artists Program. It was an event of firsts in several ways; the first dedicated concert to feature all three ensembles, each in their first year of operation, and perhaps, most notably, the first event with an incredible new administrative team at its helm.
This was also my first performance on Baroque cello since the launch of the Early Music Ensemble in July and, as Sarah and Kiseok opened our set with two movements of the Sonata VI by Francois Francouer, I immediately recognised how much I had missed the sound of harpsichord and gut strings.
Couperin’s Les Sentimens and L’Enchantresse from the Pièces de Clavicin were also beautifully executed by Kiseok and I was privileged to observe from my position as Page Turner. The ensemble came together, joined by Paul Wright, for the Trio Sonata VI of Dall’Abaco.
The next ensemble to feature was the String Quartet who performed two movements each from Haydn’s Op. 77 No. 1 and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 3 in D major. Not having heard these stunning musicians before this afternoon, I was extremely impressed at their musical maturity and polish of their performance which were exceptional by any standard, and even more so considering all four young women are not yet out of high-school.
The concert closed with the Chamber Orchestra in fine form presenting the Moderato and Valse movements of Dvořak’s sonorous, Romantic (and romantic) Serenade for Strings.
Afternoon tea served outside the Hall was a welcome chance for us as performers to congratulate each other and thank family, friends and members of the public who had come to listen to our hard work. Honourable mention to Kate’s almond and honey syrup cake which very nearly upstaged us all.
As always, it was a pleasure to play alongside friends and for such a warm and receptive audience. Sincerest thanks to the College staff, Warden Ian Hardy and especially our mentor Paul Wright who continues to amaze and inspire. Thanks also to Kate, Ebony and Jasmin who worked tirelessly to make this event and the continuation of Music at St George’s College possible while we anticipate with excitement the appointment of a new Director of Music for 2017.
Written by Krista Low