Sometimes the splendour of the surroundings can overwhelm the performers and overshadow the performances. Not so last night at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, when this beautiful 17th Century church was the venue for the school’s Evening of Chamber Music.
This splendid building witnessed a truly remarkable evening of music from the assembled quartets and soloists, together with The St Cecilia Singers who topped and tailed the evening with beautiful choral performances as diverse as Make A Joyful Noise, O Magnum Mysterium and It Don’t Mean a Thing.
The Junior Flute Ensemble delighted the audience with a traditional Peruvian tune, with Megan Notcheva on the panpipes, an instrument she had only picked up days before the concert.
The Senior Flute Ensemble and the Senior String Ensemble demonstrated a level of musicianship that elevated the evening beyond expectations and, meanwhile, the Freitas, Nsokolo, Burden, Potger, Hervey, Perkins and Healy Quartets personified the high levels of musical ability for which Coloma is justly renowned.
There were also impeccable solos by three of our most advanced musicians, Maryam Wocial (vocal), Elena Fiderio (piano) and Roisin Healy (flute) who each stunned the audience with their seemingly effortless performances.
A capacity audience was thrilled by the lively and varied programme performed by girls across all the years, and were sent out into the chilly London air with a warm glow of pride and pleasure after a truly enjoyable night of music in the West End.
Mrs Johnson, who closed the proceedings, summed up the evening when she said, “This concert has been one of the highlights of the term”.