Music: Leaver's Recital 2014

Leaver's Recital

The Leavers' Recital at Bede's is one of the moments in a student's musical career to cherish and savour: it is the culmination of a tremendously successful journey for all concerned.

Robert Scamardella, Bede's Deputy Director of Music, welcomed and presented the evening to a capacity audience in the Recital Room consisting of parents, students, governors and members of the local community.

He said: 'Between them, in the last five years, these students have brought vivacity, intelligence, preserveance, ambitiousness and sheer determination to aim high and be absolutely the best they can be'.

A number of the performers in the leavers' recital had been through the Trust for ten years - devoted students at both the Prep and Senior schools. The recital spanned repertoire of almost 200 years, from Mozart and Schubert to Duke Ellington.

Katie Dale, a 'unique young lady', sang 'At Last' by Eva Cassidy. Emma Butler-Way, another 'great success story at Bede's' played some awe-inspiring Saint-Säens and Beethoven, in both solo and chamber music situations.

Paris Charles, a devoted and committed young musician, sang Fauré's Après un Rêve in his own inimitable and expressive style. Charlie Chester's 'sharp and dry wit' will be sorely missed: he gave us a fabulous rendition of a Duke Ellington standard with Roy Hilton.

Josie Mcnamara, another 'unique and highly individual' young lady, has enjoyed a great personal journey in the Music department and gave a heartfelt performance of Corinne Bailey-Rae's 'Like the First Time'. Lazar Liebenberg, going on to study music at Oxford in October, performed a stunning improvisation based on 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' which he entitled 'Child Falling Asleep'.

Lastly, Georgia-Mae Ellis, surely one of the most talented young sopranos the school has produced in recent years, sang Thomas's Connais-tu Le Pays, leaving us all spell-bound.

The evening was rounded off by members of the visiting music staff, led by Robert Scamardella at the keyboard, performing Schubert's monumental Trout Quintet. The star role was, of course, the young viola player Anna Moody, who loved performing alongside the professional musicians in what was a wonderful evening of music and community.