Five of our Music Scholars enjoyed an exciting opportunity on Saturday morning (11 May): they played on a Steinway Concert Grand valued at around £150 000 in the Newbury Corn Exchange!
The occasion was a Masterclass with internationally renowned pianist, Lucy Parham, an event organised as part of the Newbury Spring Festival 2013. Ms Parham commended all the girls on their musical and stylish playing and in particular praised Sophia Elger and Rose Galbraith for playing their pieces from memory. Cindy Chang (U6) played three dances from Bartok’s Mikrokosmos Book 6; Annabel Galbraith (L6) played Chopin’s F minor Nocturne Op 55 No 1; Tiffany Chan (U4) played “March” from “The Seasons” by Tchaikovsky, Sophia Elger (U4) played the E flat major Nocturne Op 9 No 1 by Chopin and Rose Galbraith (U4) played Bach’s C minor Fantasia.
The girls were able to benefit from the Ms Parham’s expertise and advice. Mrs Couser, Mrs Gavric and I were very proud of the way our girls coped with the demands placed on them and, in particular, with the challenges of adopting new ideas in front of an audience.