I had the pleasure of being invited to play in Mr Robson’s marvellous Advent Concert this week. I played tuned percussion for De Lalande’s Carillon and although it wasn’t my primary instrument, the help I was given together with the easy going atmosphere of the team and Mr Robson himself, allowed me to really enjoy playing the piece.
It was a wonderfully eclectic night involving excellent renditions of festive musical pieces from around Europe, accompanied by tastefully selected readings from seasonal literature which included The Minstrels, read by Mrs S Birkett and an extract from The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe read by Mrs J Bungey. The concert was suitably set in the warmly lit Wethered Room with copious amounts of Christmas decorations. Mulled wine and mince pies were enjoyed (of course, just mince pies for the students!). It was also a prime opportunity for Borlase to showcase its seldom seen harpsichord, featuring in numerous pieces. Particularly notable numbers were ‘Sonata in B Minor’ played by Tommy Kershaw on the aforementioned harpsichord, Rameau’s ‘Le Forqueray in which Mr Robson, Raphael Conte and Callum Kunchur all mastered particularly challenging musical parts and the finale performance: Handel’s ‘Saul: Overture’. The evening concluded with a few carols sung, leaving everybody with high spirits.
The concert has grown in popularity over the years and this year we found the Wethered room so full – Olly Gale and his sizeable double bass were stood halfway through the door frame! Maybe next year a new venue will have to be organised.
Leon Tasch, Year 11