Students serve up a feast of a concert

Some of the performers from King Edward VI School at the concert in St George's Church, Morpeth.
Some of the performers from King Edward VI School at the concert in St George's Church, Morpeth.

Combine a capacity audience with talented soloists and a superb youth choir and you have all the ingredients for a successful concert.

So it was at the second of the Winter/Spring series of Lunchtime Concerts at St George’s United Reformed Church when senior music students from Morpeth King Edward VI School entertained.

The school, under the guidance of Robin Forbes and Heather Harrison, continues to develop high class talent.

Soprano Rose McKean is only 15, but her singing suggested someone a lot older. She produced a powerful, full tone in Mozart’s Voi Che Sapete, and beautiful legato movement in Handel’s Largo. Her lower register was very impressive and she has the makings of a first class mezzo.

Alison Russo, until recently the Head Chorister of Newcastle Cathedral Girls’ Choir, was equally impressive, particularly in Mendelssohn’s O For The Wings Of A Dove. Her clear soprano voice was well controlled, with a gentle, lyrical movement and lovely sound. Soldheim’s Green Finch and Linnet Bird was performed with grace and charm.

Harpist Deborah Snowden’s playing of Anne Macdearmid’s Sea Rapture was outstanding.

With beautiful flowing chords, this first class performance was a delight to the ear. Robertson’s Boundless presented a technical challenge, but Deborah’s excellent skill and distinct finger-work made light of it.

Violinist Scott Martin performed the Theme from Schindler’s List by John Williams. This is very difficult, but Scott’s playing was of a very high standard and his lovely tone was perfectly suited to the piece.

The Chamber Choir, all 17 members, performance of Thomas Morley’s Sing We And Chant It, Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen, and Cole Porter’s Let’s Do it, enabled it to portray its full range of talents. Conducted by Mrs Harrison, it responded with beautiful tone, excellent balance, and discipline. The singing was of the very highest standard.

The concert ended with fiddle tunes when Scott was joined by Annise Jessop. Their vibrant and slick playing in perfect harmony was a fitting climax.

The audience, a record attendance, agreed with long and sustained applause.