Superb Chamber Concert showcases pupils' talents

Brentwood School's Music Department, presented a delightfully intimate Chamber Concert in the Memorial Hall on Wednesday night, with many outstanding performances from talented musicians in all year groups.

The concert started, appropriately enough, with "Brave Song", performed by Winston Mo, Upper Sixth, on the trombone and Maris Lam, Year 5, on the piano. Sopranos Zoe Mallotides, Year 5, and Amelia McLintock, Lower Sixth, were both featured in the first half with "No-one Knows Who I Am" from the musical Jekyll and Hyde and Mozart's "Laudate Dominium". Fifth Year violinist Mary Hirst increased the tempo with the Allegro from Vivaldi's Concerto in A Minor and Jonty McConnaughie, 4th Year, preceded his brother Caolán's, Lower Sixth, exuberant "Luck be a Lady" with a commanding recital of "Dance of the Watergrass" by Ming Chiu Du on the piano.

Talented flautist Saffron Sokhi, Year 5, accompanied by Mr Stock, filled the hall with J.S Bach's "Polonaise" and Lower Sixth Jonathan Ditmore brought the rare sound of the bassoon to the captivated audience with the "Allegro" from Besozzi's "Sonata in B Flat Major". Following a beautiful duet on the flute and guitar from the Bartell siblings Tara, Year 4, and Connor, Year 1, with Faure's Pavane, the first half was brought to an end with a toe-tapping rendition of Charlie Parker's "Parker's Mood" by Greg Humphries, Upper Sixth, on the saxophone, Peter Scott, Lower Sixth, on the bass guitar and Tom Royston, Upper Sixth, on the drums, accompanied by Mr Florian Cooper on the piano.

After a short interval the second half began with an unaccompanied quintet of voices from the Lower Sixth - Johnny Moore, Peter Scott, Andrew Liddell, Eleana Winand and Amelia McLintock sang Pentatonix' "Run to You". All pupils then returned for solo and duet performances which really demonstrated their versatility.  Hannah Walker, Year 3, stepped up half way through the second half to sing Charles Gounod's Ave Maria to much acclaim, and Clarinettist Greg Harding, Year 5, performed "Romanz" from Stamitz's "Concerto no. 3 in B Flat Major".

The concert finale was provided by Upper Sixth soprano Hannah Ambrose,  accompanied by Director of Music Mrs Khoo, singing Mozart's "Bester Juengling" in perfect German to a rapturous applause. Speaking at the concert, Headmaster Ian Davies said "My congratulations to Mrs Khoo and the Music Department for organising another superb Chamber Concert, and especially to all the talented pupils who have obviously been working extremely hard to entertain us all this evening."