Chamber Music Concert at Park House

For over 30 years local concert pianist and teacher Yoko Mathers, together with her late husband George, have run an annual series of Sunday afternoon concerts at their home in Cheltenham, Park House. Yoko has an extraordinarily beautiful music room with a Steinway D Concert Grand and capacity for around 50 audience members. The musical standard is extremely high as the concerts feature professional musicians of all kinds: some with strong local connections, others with established international reputations, as well as young artists at the start of promising careers. At its peak, Yoko and her husband were running around 24 concerts per year; currently there are 10-12 per season and they are already booked out until mid-2021.

This year Yoko, who is on the piano teaching staff at CLC, invited girls from College to perform a concert of solo and chamber music. This was a great honour and a new departure for Park House; to date there have only been two concerts by school-age performers in the entire series and these were given by specialist music schools from the London area: Purcell School and Yehudi Menuhin School.  

The concert took place on Sunday 23rd June and featured girls currently only in UC4: violinist Hannah, Valerie on viola, and Kaitlyn, who played both piano and cello.

Mr Bailey and Mr Jones from the Music Department organised the trip, with the latter providing piano accompaniments. All the performances were of an extremely high standard, but particular highlights were movements from the Ravel Sonatine (Kaitlyn), Walton's viola concerto (Valerie) and the Mendelssohn violin concerto (Hannah). The concert finished with the first movement of the Brahms G minor piano quartet, which the girls had performed to the whole College in Prayers the previous Monday. The audience was extremely appreciative and the success of the concert was borne out by a retiring collection which raised £250 for Macmillan Trust, one of this year's College charities.

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Mr D Jones, Head of Keyboard