Chamber concert showcases varied musical talent

A recent concert demonstrated to the full the breadth and depth of Music at Queen Elizabeth’s School.

The Senior Chamber Concert featured 28 senior pupils performing solo or in small groups

The evening programme featured Music that ranged from well-known standards of the classical western repertoire – such as Beethoven’s Für Elise, played by Year 12 pianist Shiran Gnanaraj – to favourites from other traditions, such as Indian film composer Ilayarajah’s Poongathu Thirumbuma (Flower in the Breeze), in which Shiran played together with Year 12 Shayen Sathiananthan on alto saxophone and Year 13 Himal Bulathsinhala on the tabla.

The range of instruments was equally wide: Jonathan Ho, of Year 10, played Handel’s Sonata in E major on the xylophone, while Jonathan Beresford, of Year 13, opened the concert with Malcolm Arnold’s Fantasy for Tuba.

""Director of Music Cheryl Horne congratulated the boys on their performances. She added: “I was pleased to see in the audience not only the parents of the performers, but also parents of some younger boys: I feel sure they will have been inspired by what they heard from our senior musicians.”

The accompanist was one of the School’s peripatetic Music teachers, Tadashi Imai, who has performed in venues including the Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields.