King Ed’s Past and Present (27th April, 2013)

The music department teamed up with former students to give a ‘Past and Present’ concert as part of the Local and Live series at St James’ Church Wollaston. The most recent ex-student to return was George Rowley, who is currently studying at the Royal Welsh College of music. He played a piece full of drama and contrast by head of music technology and composer Steve Knight.

Contributions from current students included a Wind Quintet by Denes Agay and a virtuosic concert piece by Mendelssohn for two clarinets and piano. Tomo Kimura, who is going to Trinity College London next year, played the dazzling Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens, accompanied by college pianist Michael Jones. Georgia Organ, who along with a number of other students attends the Junior Birmingham Conservatoire, also played a Rachmaninov piano prelude with great sensitivity.

A number of other former students contributed to a highly varied programme. The second half started with Eliza Marshall’s Celtic group Ranagri, before returning to more traditional repertoire for Piano and Flute. The concert ended with current students playing the fearsome scherzo from Brahms’ Quintet for Piano and Strings, which is an A level set work this year, and so was of particular relevance.