Music: Scholars’ Recital Delights Audiences
An assortment of Bede's Music Scholars with Deputy Director of Music Robert Scamardella.
On Wednesday 13th November, Bede's Music Scholars provided a wonderful evening of delightful music in the inaugural Music Scholars' Recital.
For just over an hour, the audience was treated to an array of classical music and jazz, in the intimate setting of the Recital Room.
Opening the evening, Anna Moody from the Upper Sixth gave a stunning performance of Romanze by Bruch for viola and piano. Described as a 'deeply satisfying work in the way that it leaves us breathing slower, closing our eyes and curling up in its aural coziness' this piece certainly did that.
Our violinists Ashley Meffen and Conor Woodridge, who is our youngest and newest scholar, performed well-known repertoire, 'Schindler's List' and Brahm's 'Hungarian Dance' respectively.
Rosa Witts then demonstrated her musical versatility as she performed two beautiful pieces on both piano and voice.
Sally-Ann Wild also presented her varied repertoire as she sang three contrasting pieces from soul and jazz to classical, although each united with a similar theme of the heartaches of love.
Szofia Lindsay-MacDougall, who joined us in September, delighted the audience with a beautiful and tranquil harp solo, whilst in contrast, Anna Dagwell gave her first ever solo performance at Bede's, performing an unaccompanied piece for alto saxophone.
Olivia Prince-Smith performed her deeply soulful version of Jimmy Page's 'Since I've Been Loving You' and James Cuxson performed his own composition for guitar, titled 'Oak' and dedicated it to his father.
Ruby Moody gave a mesmerizing performances of two Romanian Folk dances by Bela Bartok (for cello) and, to round the evening off, the jazz duo of Jonathan Connell and James Cuxson gave a hugely entertaining and impressive performance of 'It could happen to you' demonstrating that music is, and should be, about having fun.
The evening finished with a beautiful rendition of Eva Cassidy's 'Autumn Leaves' for harp and voice, leaving the audience inspired, uplifted and certainly wanting more!