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Chamber Music Concert

Posted: 03 Jul 2017
Chamber Music ConcertThe Chamber Music Concert on Monday 26 June marked the first in what we hope will be a new type of concert where our scholars and most advanced musicians at Dulwich College performed works from the chamber music repertoire which they had been working on throughout the year.

The programme, which included five works, began with a very fine performance of the first movement from Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major K. 452 by W A Mozart with Jay Connor (oboe), Nicholas Field (clarinet), Joshua Theaker (horn), Oliver Wells (bassoon) and Darren Wei (piano). This was followed by an impressive playing the Clarinet Quartet, comprising Alex Richards, Nicholas Field, Max Parfitt and David Braybrook playing the first movement of Concertante Quartet by A Cooke.

Next, we heard the Allegro moderato, Largo and Allegro con spirito from the Trio Pathetique for clarinet, bassoon and piano by M Glinka, played by Alex Richards (clarinet), Ben Miller (bassoon) and Mr Luis Parés (piano). This performance built of the previous playing of the first movement of the work at St John’s Smith Square, and it was wonderful to hear the musical and ensemble development since. The ‘Préambule’ from Septet in E flat major, Op. 65 by C Saint-Saëns followed, played by Christian Bertrand (trumpet), Jonathan Yeung (violin), Daniel Smallwood (violin), Yuki Suter (viola), Ryan Fung (cello), Herbie Christophers and Erik Watson (double bass) and Mike Humphrey (piano). Again, this was a much more assured performance and was full of life and musicality.

The concert concluded with a full performance of the whole of the String Quintet in C minor K. 406 by W A Mozart (I. Allegro; II. Andante; III. Menuetto; IV. Allegro). A weighty work, the boys, including Luca Franchi and Miss Lesley Larkum (violins 1 and 2), Ben Miller and Jude Hine (violas 1 and 2) and Lucas Miller (cello), played this so beautifully and displayed an extremely high of musicality and technical skill.