Bolton School Senior Boys

Musical Variety at Lunchtime Recitals

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Each year, the Boys’ Division Music Department organises a series of free Lunchtime Concerts which are open to the public. This year’s series featured a range of musicians, including the school’s A Level students, Junior RNCM musicians and professional musicians. Appreciative audiences of local residents, Bolton School students and visiting pupils from local schools enjoyed these musical events.

The series began on 25 April with a performance from nine of Bolton School’s A Level Music students. There were three vocal performances: Jean-Paul Asumu sang Stevie Wonder’s Overjoyed, Adam Whitmore sang Sleep by Ivor Gurney and Sian Rowlands sang Being Alive from Company (Sondheim). Two pianists also performed: Zara Walsh played Gershwin’s Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off and Notturno (Grieg) was played by Ben Chowdhury. George Speak performed Red, White and Blues (Bernstein) on the trumpet, Seren Davies played Grace (Quate) on saxophone and flutist Isabel Harper played Sonata Op. 120 (2nd Movement) by Bowen. The final performance was from Josh Marshall on drums, playing Lead Sheet (James Uings).

The second concert on 2 May featured three Junior RNCM musicians. Percussionist Simone Herbert-Moores played Drum Corps on Parade (John S. Pratt), Movement IV from American Suite (Guy G. Gauthreaux II) and Parody (Jesse Monkman), and also performed a marimba duo version of Bourrée 1 (Johann Sebastian Bach) with Mr Forgrieve. Joe Orme played three pieces on the guitar: Prelude no.1 (Heitor Villa-Lobos), Tango en skai (Roland Dyens) and O fortuna (Carl Orff, arr. Radu Ionescu). Double bassist Nick Broughton performed with accompaniment from Jonathan Fisher, playing Sonata in G minor (Henry Eccles) and Movement II from Double Bass Concerto (Serge Koussevitzky).

Mathew Chadbond gave a recital on the violin on 9 May, with piano accompaniment from Robert Aston. He performed a range of classical and more contemporary pieces: Praeludium and Allegro (Kreisler), Chanson de Nuit and Chanson de Matin, Op. 15 (Elgar), the theme from Schindler’s List (John Williams), Schubert’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major D 384 (I, II and III), Salut d’Amour, Op. 12 (Elgar), the theme from Ladies in Lavender (Nigel Hess) and Gigue from Partita for Solo Violin No. 2, BWV 1004 (JS Bach).

A classical guitar recital from Will Scattergood brought the concert series to a close on 16 May. He played Alexandre Tansman’s Hommage à Chopin, Quatre pieces brèves by Frank Martin, Cinco Piezas (ii. Campero and v. Romantico) by Astor Piazzolla, Five Bagatelles by William Walton and ended with Donata (iv. Finale) by Antonio Josè, and gave a brief introduction or explanation for each piece of music.

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