Shrewsbury School

Music: Four groups win through to the semi-finals of the Pro Corda Chamber Music Festival for Schools

Wednesday 5 February 2014

On Monday 3rd February, four chamber music groups from the School performed in the first round of the annual Pro Corda Chamber Music Festival for Schools, which celebrates the best chamber music-making from ensembles in schools across the country. We are delighted that – highly unusually – all four of our groups have progressed through to the semi-final.

The competition adjudicators were pianist Andrew Quartermain and cellist Lorna Davis, who made some very complimentary comments about each of the groups.

The Senior Saxophone Quartet of Henry Newbould, Alexander Bird, Ben Sansom and Henry Kennedy performed Gershwin's An American in Paris. The adjudicators rounded off their comments by saying, “Congratulations on a stunning performance at a very high level.”

Charlotte Harris, Kevin Jim and Joshua Wong performed Beethoven's Clarinet Trio in Bb Op.11. – “It had excellent harmonic colouring with really mature playing.”

Calvin Chan, Jonathan Cheng, Cindy Lin and Galin Ganchev performed Schumann’s Piano Quintet in Eb Op.44 – “This was a refined ensemble which we found thoroughly enjoyable.”

The Cello Quartet of Awen Blandford, Harry Sargeant, Kevin Jim and Finn McCormack performed Rosamunde by Schubert and Hungarian Dance by Yosef Kossovits. – “A really well contrasted and well presented programme”.

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