n the 10th of May, YPH was filled with the sound of strings. The concert opened with 13 violas playing together. This ensemble is the biggest group of violas that have been on the YPH stage. Following the violas were ensembles and soloists of all ages with the Y7 Quartet playing Vivaldi's Autumn and the Stradivarius Quartet playing Song without words. Amati Quartet played I Got Rhythm while the Broadwood Violin Trio played two pieces by Mozart. Cello Squad played Libertango by Piazzola and Camerata played a Serenade for Strings. Interspersed between the ensembles were solos from Charlotte Reed, Harriet Hargreaves, Lottie James, Zöe Scott, Athalie Armon-Jones and Anna Kelly. It was a sad time for Camerata who lose their upper sixth players who go on study leave however it was wonderful to see the younger players coming through across all of the ensembles and groups. The mass cello item at the end was a fitting farewell to Miss Gladstone and Mr Wilson who are leaving the strings department at the end of this term. Although tinged with sadness, it was a treat to listen to the 15 cellos and 3 basses playing an arrangement of If I Were a Rich Man.
Esther Curtis, 11L