A Round-Up of Music

Two stellar concerts already this term

Welcome back everyone and a very warm welcome to all the new Fourths (Year 9) joining Charterhouse this year. With another very strong intake, music continues to flourish and we, do doubt, have an excellent academic year of music making ahead of us.

Watching and learning from the very best creates a wonderful sense of aspiration and drive amongst musicians and in recent years, Charterhouse has invited some of the very best musicians to the School to offer their thoughts and tips to our pupils, culminating with a stand-out performance. This academic year has been no different and, despite being just a couple of weeks into the year, we’ve already had two stellar concerts.

Firstly, five members of Kensington Brass, a group of top freelance brass musicians including our very own trumpet teacher Mr Ryan Linham, visited Charterhouse for an afternoon’s workshop with the school’s quintet. The pupils – Ned Monkman, Oscar Hanks, Matthew Parnall, Charlie Harrison and Owen Chan – were treated to a masterclass of ensemble playing and worked on their own repertoire and playing skills. The day finished with Kensington Brass giving an outstanding recital in the Llewellyn Room, delighting the audience with everything from Henry Purcell to Leonard Bernstein. Mr Linham was an excellent compère to the evening and some superb playing was showcased. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.  

Just a matter of days later, we were hugely fortunate to welcome Claire Wang to Charterhouse to give the first of the Evening Recital Series. Claire is a British born Chinese pianist who has been wowing audiences globally for many years now. Her Charterhouse recital in Hall was simply stunning; she offered Beethoven’s heroic Pathétique Sonata, Schubert’s glorious Zehn Variations in F major and Chopin’s mighty Ballade no.1 in G minor. She played with real finesse, professionalism, maturity and oozed ounces and ounces of musicality. Claire was able to extract some wonderful sounds and nuances from the Steinway in Hall; it really was an absolute treat for the audience. Final thing to mention? Claire is just 11 years old!

There is much to look forward this term with further concerts planned throughout the term. The ever-popular Lack of Talent is upon us very soon and, on 8 October, we can look forward to the second Evening Recital, an evening of performances given by our very own Music Scholars. We are also excited to welcome visitors to a regular performance of Choral Evensong from the Chapel, every Tuesday at 5.45pm, a chance to reflect on the day and hear some of the most beautiful choral music in a quite glorious setting.

As ever, for further details about upcoming concerts or to be added to our mailing list, do get in touch with our Music administrator, Lucia Brown: music@charterhouse.org.uk

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