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Musical Talents Unleashed at First Orchestra Concert

 The recent First Orchestra and Hot Baroque Concert at the Stamford Endowed Schools was a triumph which combined outstanding solo performances with the popular ensembles.

During the first half of the concert the soloists shone as they were each accompanied by one of the orchestras. Jessica Shears, Rachael Cawte, William Heath, Camilla Beech and Jamie Serjeant (all Y13) played with a confidence and musicality, remarkable for people their age.

The First Orchestra were in fine form throughout the evening, both in the difficult role of accompanying and in their own solo works. They started with a world premiere of a work written by the orchestra’s director Mr Nick Taylor entitled A walk through Burghley House.  This elegiac work captured the grandeur and atmosphere of our local historic house and the orchestra did an excellent job of creating the colours and varieties of tone demanded by the score. This was followed by a powerful performance of the first two movements of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.

Hot Baroque, the chamber orchestra, who performs un-conducted, showed what an extraordinary achievement this is in itself especially as they performed the complex Tchaikovsky Serenade for String Orchestra. The audience marvelled at the rich, confident sounds which were achieved by the young musicians.