Lower School May Recital

On the evening of Tuesday 17 May, an audience of parents and Manorites gathered for a concert given by Lower School pupils, followed by a sumptuous barbecue.

Violet Hopper’s Horn performance of Something Else provided an excellent start to the evening and we then progressed smoothly between styles ranging from Bronte Lorrimer’s performance of German Dance by Mozart, through piano performances of Czerny, Chopin and Kabalevsky, given by Daisy Maunder, Evie Jackson and Sophie Flann, before moving to the delights of Sophie Hollis and Mr Irving performing The Piano Duet from Corpse Bride. George Burnett and Ed George showed they have developed a good strong tone on their trumpets in Fly me To The Moon and 633 Squadron. We look forward to hearing them both in a variety of bands in future concerts. 

Rosie Jephson then delighted us on the Oboe with Chansonette by Hamilton Harty. We are very lucky to have such a good oboist in Form Three and look forward to the possibility of creating a Wind Quintet with Rosie next year. Chris Clothier has delighted us with his voice and cello playing on many occasions this year, but this evening, he chose jazz piano for his performance piece, confirming he is a very good multi-talented musician. Angharad Harris also chose to perform on a new instrument, accompanying herself on the guitar as she sang a lovely version of The Last Goodbye. We look forward to hearing a Rockfest performance from her next year. Bea Watts then proved the singing talent in the First Form is thriving with a lyrical rendition of Danny Boy.

Finally we heard the inaugural performance of High Voltage, the electric string quartet as they rounded off the evening with Sweet Child Of Mine and Clocks. Overall, a lovely evening of Lower School music, packed with talent and promise, showing the younger generation at Dauntsey’s is going to delight us for many years.

Thanks to Mr Irving who accompanied excellently and to Mr Sims for managing all the PA gear.
Gareth Harris

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