This beautiful concert allowed us to combine a golden age of musical repertoire in the intimate environment and perfect acoustic of the cathedral crypt.
A series of well executed solos and duets gave way to Bach’s Cantata 170 Vergnügte Ruh, with the treble line sung by Edward Hyde (RP), oboe d’amore doubling by Rachel Cox (U6P), and accompanied by strings.This item provided an opportunity for a small consort of pupils to perform without a conductor, developing their sense of ensemble musicianship.
The second half began with a composition by Raphael Janssens (U5W), who made an appearance as the only living baroque composer (see photos: a striking resemblance to Jean-Baptiste Lully 1632–87). Raphael’s Concerto Grosso certainly captured the baroque spirit and was executed with poise by Carolina Ferreira (U5STM), Aspen Cumming (U6W), Caitlin Spooner-Lillingston (U5P) and Anna Crawford (U6C).
Notable mention also goes to Wan Mae Dodd (U5C), who gave her debut performance on the flute with a stylish rendition of Handel’s Where E’er You Walk. Anna Crawford also made a successful bid to bend the rules by including a piece composed in 1925 by Cassadó, which was inspired by the baroque master Frescobaldi. Anna’s passionate performance was all the more laudable given her involvement playing the continuo bass line for every item of the concert, and the rather chilly conditions in the crypt.
The evening concluded with Purcell’s Rejoice in the Lord: A feast of well-sung solos and string interludes.