Wednesday 5th October marked the annual Music Scholars’ Concert, with this year being one to remember for many reasons. It was opened by Maximo Lopez and Ben Zhang, with the dramatic ‘Concertino for Two Pianos’ by Shostakovich, which was originally composed for himself and his son to play. This piece set the scene for the rest of the concert, with its twists and turns and unexpected changes in the journey.
As the concert progressed, the Music Scholars showed great dexterity and a high level of accuracy in each individual’s playing: both as a main part, or within a larger group. The focus this year was less on don involvement: from the rehearsals, to organising the stage between each act. This allowed the musicians to display their talent and passion for music. This is one of the many platforms where Radley College allow their students to take control.
The high level of professionalism could be seen in the last piece alone. After a few moments of uncertainty, we had the ingenious idea of playing the finale, rather fittingly called “No Surprises” by Radiohead (arranged by Dr Hawkins) with phone torches. This enhanced the atmosphere for the finale and added an unexpected challenge to all the Music Scholars: one which everyone coped with well and played excellently. This piece was conducted by our very own Charlie Pemberton, who had to overcome this challenge in his very first concert as conductor. This was definitely a concert to remember for years to come, from the high standard of performing, to the unique ending.