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On Friday 20th November, we once again played host to the wonderful Voces8, a British vocal ensemble with an eclectic mix of classical and modern pieces. Here is our favourite 3rd Year Student Hannah Jacobi’s Report on the concert and masterclass.
On the 14th November our intrepid students set out once more for a masterclass, this time with the incomparable John Paul Ekins, set up by the Rotary Club in aid of the Student Scholarship Fund. Our Wonderful 3rd Year Reporter Hannah Jacobi gives us her account of the day:
At the beginning of the month, our Broadstairs campus welcomed the amazing bass player Michael Janisch. The american producer, record label holder and performer gave a masterclass along with his band to our music students before performing at wonderful concert. Here is Hannah Jacobi’s account on the day:
So it was with a glad heart and half a tear in my eye that I listened to the whole of the quintet in today’s lunchtime concert by Aleksander Golovin, this year’s recipient of the Larissa Lovelock Prize for Postgraduate Performance.
It was a very very special concert with students, alumni and staff contributing to a varied and extremely enjoyable programme.
After the concert I asked Alex about the pieces he’d performed.
Boris Karadimchev, Beginning, Animation, Meditation
Alex is originally from Bulgaria and had wanted to play a Bulgarian piece to his Canterbury audience since joining CCCU four years ago. Karadimchev is a third-generation Bulgarian composer, and Alex knew of him in Bulgaria. The concert today gave him the opportunity to really showcase this wonderful piece of music, accompanied by Sam Bailey, one of the sessional tutors in the department.
It may have been the music, but I think perhaps Alex’s accent was stronger as he introduced the next piece…
Mozart, Clarinet Quintet K. 581
One of the classic clarinet pieces, Alex had arranged to play this with the fantastic Leon String Quartet: Kammy Pike (violin), Karen Joliffe (violin), Matt Brown (viola) and Mike Bacon (cello), a group of recent Christ Church graduates. Alex had played the first two movement of the quintet before, but the Larissa Lovelock prize allowed him to prepare the whole thing for this concert. By his own admission it was an ‘endurance test’!
A wonderful moment in the history of the department, and one which will be remembered for many years to come, I’m sure.
Matt Brown, Vanitas Vanitatum
You’ll recognise the name from the Leon Quartet! In fact, Matt had written this piece specially for this concert – so it was a really special moment. Matt graduated from Christ Church in 2010, and has gone on to study composition at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Alex wanted something fresh for the concert programme, and he said that putting the programme together was a lot like putting together a puzzle – the pieces fit very well once they had been put together. The piece was indeed fresh, some fantastic textural and atmospheric movement. For this one Alex and the quartet were joined by current students Hannah Moseley (oboe) and Matt Sherwood (trumpet). I hope to hear this piece performed again in St Gregory’s very soon.
Béla Kovács, Homage à Manuel de Falla
This was the showstopper – a solo piece with plenty of acrobatics. I asked Alex why he chose this piece in particular, and he said he ‘wanted to blow people’s ears up’. Mission accomplished.
|Alex and Sam Bailey|
|L-R: Matt Brown, Karen Joliffe, Mike Bacon and Alex|