May 11, 2017
On a cold evening in early summer, some much needed inner warmth was created by performances in the Music Scholars’ Concert. Relishing the rich colours uniquely available to them in the closing days of their treble voices, Third Formers Matthew Cox and Freddie Pazzi-Axworthy sang works from the C17th English tradition and Albert Martin-Flaven from a later, popular tradition. Outstanding among the singers however, Tom Pazzi-Axworthy performed Flanders and Swann’s Ill Wind (the punning title for the evergreen patter song, better known by its first line: ‘I practised the horn and I wanted to play it’) with exemplary diction and intonation. Oboist Ben Solomons and clarinettist Brendan Warren played the same two charming pieces by Gabriel Grovlez, but in excitingly different ways. There were additionally performances from three skilled pianists: Theo Gill playing a Chopin waltz, Aidan Tanner a work by Evelien Vis and Matthew Rayner some Scott Joplin. Percussionist Jeremiah Joshua Wallace brought the first half to a resounding conclusion, performing his own composition, Erratic Motion, the title a clue to its drive and rhythmic complexity. Prominent in the second half were Robert Moye, playing an ever faster and more technically challenging set of variations on My Grandfather’s Clock with great assurance- and in the Hurlstone Bassoon Sonata, Cameron Burnard seashantying his way through the rollicking finale to land us safe to shore.