Ambitious music concert in Chelsea

By Nicholas Gleed, Director of Music
St Luke’s, Chelsea provided a fitting setting for our musicians’ Spring Concert last Saturday evening giving 103 Bedalian musicians the opportunity to perform in a magnificent acoustic. The First Orchestra opened with a performance of Schubert VIII (first movement). In establishing a mood of powerful emotion, the orchestra gave the audience its first experience of the enormous acoustic. Gustav Holst’s setting of Psalm 86 followed and demonstrated how well this great composer could create startling beauty out of even a single chord. In Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir, the Chamber Singers displayed an astonishing stylistic awareness and vocal agility. The Barbershop Boys provided a contrast of genre, but not at all of ability, in arrangements of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot and Africa. Operatic theatricality returned when Olivia Brett, Georgie Gulliver and David Thomas delivered a mature and moving performance of Soave sia il vento from Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte. All available forces reassembled for three movements from Brahms’ massive German Requiem. The captivating, bell-clear beauty of Olivia Brett’s interpretation of the soprano solo will live long in everyone’s memory. View photos.

Bedales School

 

 

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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