String Scholars make their debut at Chapel Arts

On Friday 22nd June, four of our string music scholars performed in a lunchtime concert at the Chapel Arts Centre on Knapp Road, to a packed out audience. 

This new lunchtime concert series is in collaboration with the Cheltenham Music Festival Society, and the Chapel Arts Centre has a wonderful and vibrant acoustic. 

The concert began with violinist Charmaine (UC4) performing Havanaise by Saint-Saens. Charmaine mastered the virtuosic complexities of this demanding piece and enthralled us with the catchy Cuban rhythmic motifs of the work.

Jeannie (SFC1) then drew the audience in with the Adagio from Bach Partita No.1 for unaccompanied violin. The long lingering lines echoed beautifully in the hall. Jeannie performed with much poise and control and the double stops were sensitively delivered.

Next, we had cellist Maia (SFC1) perform Hungarian Rhapsody by Popper. The opening meandering cadenzas were played with passion and vitality. It was a real treat to see the smiles between Maia and her father David Jones, Head of Keyboard at CLC, who accompanied her on the piano as they zoomed through thrilling semi-quaver passages.

Rounding off the concert was Hannah (LC3), Winner of Gloucestershire Young Musician 2017, who performed the 2nd movement of Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor. Hannah’s playing was serene, as the long phrases soared over the audience’s heads. This magical performance was then followed by Zapateado by Sarasate where the impressive range of double stops, harmonics, pizzicato and running passages was met with rapturous applause from the audience.

We are extremely grateful to Sara Harris, who accompanied Charmaine and Hannah on the piano so brilliantly.

Our thanks also go to the Chapel Arts Centre for giving us the opportunity to perform in their fantastic venue and we very much hope that more girls from CLC will be performing there in the near future.

Mr Bailey, Head of Strings