Millfield’s Musicians take the stage for Open Musicians’ Platform
The evening of 7th October witnessed the first Open Musicians’ Platform of the academic year. Tailored to our intermediate students, performing between grades four to seven, the audience saw a plethora of Millfield’s musicians take to the stage of the Johnson Hall; and for many, this was their first public performance at Millfield.
Year 9 Cecilia opened the evening with a skilful and plaintive interpretation of Richard Rodney Bennett’s Rosemary’s Waltz No.2 from ‘Tender is the Night’; with her calm and musical performance echoing the emotive meaning of the work’s title. Following this, Year 10 Jasmine swelled the audience into the setting from a musical, when she sang Home from ‘Beauty and The Beast’ by American film composer, Alan Menken. Another vocalist led us from musical theatre to Handel, when Year 11 Abigail took to the stage to sing the aria Bel Piacere from the opera ‘Agrippina’. Abigail clearly caught the style and propriety of the work, with excellent diction and a delicate tone for the fast-energetic nature of the aria. Next up and following on from his dramatic electric cello performance at Showcase, Year 11 Toby lulled the audience into a sense of reflection and stillness with his playing of Gabriel Faure’s Elegie in C Minor, Op.24.
With the concert interspersed with a variety of instruments, piano and voice, soprano vocalist Year 11 Joanna sang a heart-warming rendition of The First Mercy by choral composer Peter Warlock.
The concert flowed through without an interval, which allowed for the evening’s atmosphere to grasp the audience for the duration. Tabitha was next on stage and, along with the other Year 9 musicians, this was the first time she had performed in public at Millfield. Tabitha played Fiesta from Miniatures, Op.52, No.7 by Spanish composer Joaquin Turina. Upper Sixth Paige then took to the stage to sing a beautifully-crafted rendition of With You by Glen Ballard, David Stewart, and Brice Rubin; with her mellow, yet focused tone drifting effortlessly on the protracted sustained notes around the Johnson Hall, with the subtle piano accompaniment complimenting this perfectly. Year 10 Solomon then presented the final piano performance of the evening, as he played Tugulea Rail by Darius Brubeck, presenting an air of confidence and musicality as he played. Up next was vocalist Year 10 Jemima, who sang Take Me To The World by Stephen Sondheim, presenting a very elegant and professional performance persona, projecting a tone fitting for the song’s emotive direction. Lower Sixth Liberty sang next, with a powerful portrayal of A Change in Me from ‘Beauty and The Beast’ by Alan Menken. The penultimate performance was presented by Year 11 Eloise on violin, where she played the Sarabande in G minor by Carl Bohm. Eloise’s performance had a sure confidence and a performance presence suited to the skilful playing shown. The final performance of the evening saw Year 11 Caitlin perform My Ship by Kurt Weill. A very strong performance, with true musicianship and emotion throughout the performance.