Review: of the Gala Concert on Saturday 1st March in the Hayward Theatre, Ely presented by the King’s School Ely

There is no doubt that the standard of music was very high in the Gala Concert presented on Saturday 1st March in the Hayward Theatre by the King’s School Ely. The programme was carefully chosen and included works by Handel, Hummel, Kabalevsky, Bach, and Dvorak.
An assured and spirited performance of Handel’s ‘Coronation Anthem no 3 ‘The King Shall Rejoice’ was followed by two concerto movements. Hummel’s ‘Trumpet Concerto’ Wo O 1, S.49 (first movement) was played by Isaac Bateman and Kabalevsky’s ‘Violin Concerto’ op.48 (first movement) was played by Yuki Kimura. The two soloists were, indeed, highly competent. Yuki , in particular, demonstrated that special musical awareness and talent that brings the music alive. She lived and breathed every note. We have probably witnessed the start of a highly successful musical career for this talented student. Other notable performers included soprano Emma Jones and there were many moments of beauty produced by the remaining performers, for example, the flautists in the final orchestral work.
Bach’s ‘Cantata no. 150 ‘Nach dir Herr, verlanget mich’ BWV150 (1,2,3,4,7) featured a select number of some of the school’s finest singers and instrumentalists with the Director of Music, Dr Martin Leigh at the ‘harpsichord’. At the end of the concert, he conducted a grand performance of the large school orchestra which played of Dvorak’s ‘Symphony no. 8 in G major op. 88 (first movement) and his astute conducting produced a cohesive and worthy performance.
Future events at the Kings School Ely include:
Monday 3rd March ‘A’ Level Students’ Concert in the Recital Hall, 5 pm
Tuesday 4th to Thursday 6th March National Theatre Connections Play Hayward Theatre, 730 pm
Friday 7th March King’s Ely Concert Society Darren Jeffrey (Bass-Baritone) Hayward Theatre, 730pm
Saturday 8th March Darren Jeffrey master class, Recital Hall, 9 am
Thursday 13th March Lunchtime Live Concert, Recital Hall 1.20 – 1-50 pm
Thursday 13th March, Chapel Choir sings Evensong, Jesus College Cambridge
Thursday 25th March, Hayward Theatre, GCSE Drama and Dance Showcase, 730 pm.
For more information contact: Sophie Collier, Performing Arts Administrator (01353) 653931 email: music@kingsely.org

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