Event Review: Music for a Summer Evening

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Music for a Summer Evening is always one of the most enjoyable evenings in the Bede's calendar.

On 14 May 2013, governors, parents and staff were treated to a feast of music praised for its diversity and breadth. The evening featured musicians across the school, but focused on those students leaving in the Upper Sixth as they depart for university and further education.

This year championed the talents of Roberta Testori, studying Veterinary Nursing at Edingburgh; Zachary Kahn going on to study History at York; Chantelle Gibson-Brann going on to study History of Art with Music; Mabel Calvert Verbruggen taking a gap year; Robert Haworth-Dunne moving on to study Creative Art at Bath Spa University; Alice Auer moving on to study the Creative Arts at the London College of Music, and Sophie Rudge studying English at York.

Each student was given a short introduction by Robert Scamardella, the Pianist and Organist in residence, who gave a brief background to the contributions and musical talents of those pupils over the last two to five years. 

The audience was enthralled as Alice Auer sang 'With You' from 'Ghost' by Stewart and Ballard; Robert Haworth-Dunne's beautiful singing in 'Is My Team Ploughing?' from the song cycle 'A Shropshire Lad' by Butterworth and the unforgettable Sophie Rudge, singing and playing 'Let's Get Lost' by Loesser.

Other notable performances were the Andante from Konzertsatz by Mendelssohn, played by two A Level musicians Emma Butler-Way and Caterina Dellabona. Anna Moody and Caterina Dellabona also impressed us all with the quality, virtuosity and depth of their playing in the Romanian Melody from Acht Stücke by Bruch.

The evening culminated in a truly sensational performance by the piano quintet, performing the first movement of Schumann's dazzling Piano Quintet.

The audience were treated to a wonderful evening of music and left in no doubt that the musicians at Bede's are a mightily talented group of young people.