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As always, it has been a busy time recently in the Music department, but especially for the Tintern Symphony Orchestra as they’ve been preparing the orchestral accompaniment for four works for the biennial concerto showcase which took place last Thursday 14 June. Following the Preliminary Concerto Concert in March, four soloists; Holly Fryer, Ron Chen, Clarisse Liew and Molly Fleming have been rehearsing their concerto movements with the orchestra in preparation for the evening. It has been a big task for all musicians with many hours of rehearsals, and we have been fortunate to also have had support from members of staff who stepped in to play in the orchestra. On the night, the Wind Symphony played an overture, followed by the Concertino by Chaminade (soloist: flautist Holly Fryer), the second movement from the Yellow River Piano Concerto by Yin Chengzong and Chu Wanghua (soloist: Ron Chen), the Adagio from Mendelssohn’s second piano concerto (soloist: Molly Fleming) and the final movement of Mendelssohn’s violin concerto (soloist: Clarisse Liew). The performance was followed by a lovely supper provided by the Friends of Music.

It was a wonderful evening of music and it is safe to say that all performers felt a sense of achievement after hours of practice learning many notes. On behalf of the soloists, I can say that we are grateful for the opportunity that has certainly been an exciting and enriching experience for us. We also extend a big thank you to Tintern’s Head of Strings, Mr Tim Veldman for his pivotal role in organising, running and conducting the orchestra for the showcase.

by Molly Fleming, 2018 School Pianist