The Chamber Concert 2018
The Chamber Concert had a new format this year. The atmosphere was established with a spatially separated performance in the Atrium of the eerie ‘Unanswered Question’ by Charles Ives, after which the audience retired to the Theatre. After a stunning start from the Scholars’ Choir singing some Bulgarian folksongs under the baton of Mr Ashe, followed by the UIV/LV singers and extended techniques from the flutes, the audience was taken on a musical journey through Classical Vienna, the Romantic era and the 20th Century, as well a room of Opera. Led from room to room by scholar singers and serenaded along the way with songs about the characteristics of the genre they were about to enter, it was an innovative and immersive experience. The audience returned to the Theatre for the grand finale, and, after the delights of a movement from Ravel’s string quartet, Mr Ashe, our Composer-in-Residence conducted the scholars in the world premiere of the thrilling orchestral and choral work he had written for them: Magnificat.
There were some extraordinary performances throughout the night and our music scholars are to be congratulated on achieving such a high standard in this most difficult of art forms.
By Mrs Ashe – Director of Music
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