Hampton string players from across the year groups entertained an appreciative Hammond Theatre audience in the annual String Concert.
Thirty boys showcased their talents on a wide variety of instruments including the violin, cello, guitar and double bass. From Mozart to Beethoven and Vivaldi to Hayden, the concert featured music from a broad range of composers. The audience was also treated to video clips of some of the world’s greatest string players for inspiration before the concert began.
There were many notable highlights throughout the evening including: poised performances of Unaccompanied Bach from both Johnny Evans Hutchison and Jeff Liu; a sensitive rendition of Rachmaninov’s Vocalise by Harry Spence and Oli Lenox-Smith on viola and double bass, respectively; Fifth Year violinist Declan Goh played Fiocco’s Allegro with superb style and fluency; Yangzi Tjoe performed a lively rendition of the Rondo movement Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1; and senior musicians Freddy Liang and Charlie Bishop gave expressive performances of their pieces, Romance by Wieniawski and Fauré’s Elegie. Mr Antonio Oyarzabal provided wonderful piano accompaniment during the concert.
The audience was also treated to some superb performances from our ensembles. The Guitar Ensemble played a wonderful rendition of the film music of Vangelis arranged by Mr Hvartchilkov, whilst the Lower Strings Group performed the haunting Londonderry Air.
Head of Strings, Miss Elizabeth van Ments, praised the musicians for their performances:
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Congratulations to all the performers, the standard was extremely high throughout. It was a wonderful celebration of string playing from double bass and violin, our Lower Strings Group through to unaccompanied Bach, string quartets and our guitar ensemble, complete with gong!