The Chamber Orchestra on the road

Posted on Wednesday 23 May 2012

‘The Four Seasons’ Tour

Members of the College’s Chamber Orchestra recently completed a mini-tour of Vivaldi’s much-loved classic, ‘The Four Seasons’. Beginning at our very own Prospect Theatre, the students gave three performances of the work which took them out to the Garrison Church of St Eligius, Arborfield, ending up on 11 May at St John’s Waterloo, one of the country’s most celebrated venues for Chamber Music. Each solo movement was performed by a student, accompanied by the other members of the ensemble.

As part of the ‘Vivaldi Project’, art-work by student Maeve McCarthy and poetry by Alex Armstrong was also displayed and performed, each item being inspired by Vivaldi’s music.

Speaking after one performance Dr Rita Le Var, founder of the St Eligius recital series, said ‘It was such a pleasure to hear the young musicians give such a polished and spirited performance. It is all the result of their hard work and commitment and also the careful nurturing and inspirational teaching they receive from their teachers. As you heard by the applause, the performance was greatly appreciated by the audience. The Four Seasons by Vivaldi was performed with great musicality.’

Second year student Eberechi Anucha said ‘It was an absolutely fantastic experience to perform such inspiring music, especially in such a wonderful place like St John’s. The music really came alive!’ Speaking after the final performance in London, student Amy Edward said ‘It was a real privilege to have been able to perform in such as prestigious venue, and we all agreed that the acoustics were stunning for the string sound.’

The students can be rightly proud of performing highly challenging repertoire to such a high standard. In all three of the performances, audience members were delighted by the talent and maturity of the College’s young musicians. The students’ performances took audiences on a dramatic journey through the Four Seasons, interpreting the music with real zest, passion and an almost tangible sense of fun!

The Chamber orchestra are:
Violins: Alex Tay, Mimi Doulton, Amy Edwards, Cecilia Farr, Bethan Sandey,
          Amelia Evans
Violas: Pippa Bint, Francis Williams
Cellos: Eberechi Anucha, Elysia Newton, Catherine Dove
Harpsichord: Paul Ooi

The Chamber Orchestra at St John's London

The Chamber Orchestra at St John's London

The Chamber Orchestra in St Eligius, Arborfield

The Chamber Orchestra in St Eligius, Arborfield

Cellist Elysia Newton

Cellist Elysia Newton