At the beginning of March, the Whitgift Chamber Orchestra (WCO) performed pieces from Mendelssohn, Strauss, Vivaldi and Paganini culminating in Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony.
The first movement from the Horn Concerto No.1, Op.11 by Strauss was an enjoyable piece, specifically when soloist, Lower Sixth Form student Adam Field played many arpeggiated chords, reminiscent of a hunting call, which demonstrated his velocity and skill. Equally impressive was the three movements from Double Cello Concerto in G Minor by Vivaldi with solos performed by Upper Sixth Formers, Alex Ciulin and Kosta Popovic. Unusually performed by two soloists, this piece was originally written for an all-women orchestra. The cellists bow movements were breathtakingly swift. The two cellos echoed and mimicked each other, almost like a conversation. It was evident the hours of practice paid off when it came to learning and perfecting it.
Overall, the concert had incredible performances by the soloists and Whitgift Chamber Orchestra. Second Form pupil, Ben Naylor said, “I have been playing the violin for just over a year and can now fully appreciate how exceptionally difficult it is to sustain the high notes performed by Mendelsohn.”
Director of Orchestral Music and conductor of the event, Mr Philip Winter commented, “To play Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony is a challenge for a professional orchestra and a fantastic achievement for the members of the WCO, the depth of musical understanding needed is enormous and everyone who took part rose to the occasion to a very enthusiastic audience.”