A packed Chapel enoyed another extraordinary evening of Prior musicmaking on May 11. Top of the bill were Prior musicians: soloists, composers, a massed chorus, and finally a quartet of professional opera singers, all of whom were former Prior Park students of Roland Robertson, who directed the concert.
L6 violinist Christie Yau started the concert with an elegant and stirring account of the Bruch Violin Concerto. A quintet of Music Scholars then took the stage to give the premiere of an A Level composition by our own Finlay Dove (U6): Rebelle sur le Lac was an atmospheric and delicate miniature exploiting the impressionist techniques of Debussy and Ravel.
Finally, the centre piece of the concert led by the College Choral Society, the culmination of six months' training and learning, was a majestic performance of Mozart's Requiem. Taking the vocal solos were Emily Bradley, Alice Usher, Edmund Hastings and Connor Baiano, former Prior musicians returning to their school to carry the torch to the next generation and to impress current students and audience alike with their superb singing. Unlike most schools, Prior Park Choral Society continues to offer our students the opportunity to experience major choral works as well as a wide range of smaller choral music, with all the lifelong cultural, spiritual and social benefits this activity brings.
The professional players of the Prior Park Philharmonic, recruited and led by Prior violin teacher Jamie Hughes, gave impressive support to the whole evening, as well as providing opportunities to current students to play complex major orchestral works alongside real professionals.
This was indeed a flagship classical concert - but this term has also featured three popular House music celebrations already, Big Band has three high-profile gigs coming up, and in the final weeks the Summer Concert showcases our wider bands, choirs and groups. Lastly the annual Grand Leavers' Concert is a night not to be missed.