The Plucked Strings concert was a varied and lively evening featuring a wealth of different sounds.
Students across all year groups ranging from lower years to Sixth Form took part in showcasing their different instruments; there were six harpists playing many different styles of music from traditional folk music heard in Isabelle’s (8J) performance to classical composers such as Naderman played beautifully by Florence (11J).
The concert was also an opportunity to listen to some of our harp trios such as Telyn and Salvi, all of which featured the beautiful combination of viola, flute and harp. During the concert I accompanied singer Fiona (L6G) on the harp in her lovely rendition of two pieces by Rubbra, which provided a chance to explore the harp as an accompanying instrument to blend in rather than as a solo one.
Other unusual instruments were given the opportunity to be enjoyed with the zither played by Helen (11K) and guzheng by Simone (Y6); these performances were a wonder to witness due to the unusual sound of the instruments and skilful playing of traditional music.
The School’s talented guitar players were also heard with delightful solos from impressive beginners through to skilled performers. A particular delight was hearing the senior guitar ensemble playing Rustic Dance as a group which showed the versatility of the guitar. A solo between visitor Katherine Hart and her teacher Mr Burley created a climatic end to the concert.