Past and present Pocklington School pupils showcase their musical talents

Pocklington School's Quincentenary Spring Music Festival
Pocklington School's Quincentenary Spring Music Festival
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An exhibition of the musical talents of Pocklington School pupils, both past and present, took place at the school’s three-day Quincentenary Spring Music Festival.

With Old Pocklingtonians from around the UK and Europe returning for a series of concerts and masterclasses, there was an air of excitement in the Music Department.

On the first day, the Old Pocklingtonian trio of Lucy Butcher, Giorgi Chiriac and Ioana Ilie spent all day rehearsing the Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor, breaking only for Giorgi to give a violin masterclass with 2nd Year, Harry Kneeshaw.

On the second day, pianist Alexandra Dariescu gave a piano masterclass to GCSE Music students, followed by a short talk and performance, open to all pianists.

A spokesperson for the school said: “Pupils were in awe of her playing and it was wonderful to see their faces as she hurtled through the ‘Bachannale’ by Silvestri.”

In the evening, choral and orchestral forces came together in a wonderful concert in the Tom Stoppard Theatre. Two Mozart concerti, performed by Old Pocklingtonians Roxana Popescu and Georgi Fodor, formed the backbone to the concert, though to many in the audience, the highlight was the combined performance of Karl Jenkins’ ‘Adiemus’.

The culmination of the events came on the final day when the aforementioned trio performed the Mendelssohn Piano Trio.

The spokesperson added: “The sense of ensemble between the girls was incredible, most obvious in the exciting finale.

“This was followed by a piano recital from respected pianist and Old Pocklingtonian, Alexandra Dariescu.

“Her playing was breath-taking, ranging from the simple beauty of a Scarlatti Sonatina, to the fireworks of Chopin’s Preludes. The evening was one to remember for many a year.”

More pictures of the festival in next week’s Pocklington Post (22 May).