Anne Pinhey’s report from the Petersfield Post: The music students from Ditcham Park School gave its enthusiastic audience a concert of delightful, uplifting music on Tuesday in St Peter’s Church. The standard of playing was very good, especially as it is so early in the term. The bulk of the 13 items were for solo instruments. We heard music for trumpet, cornet, clarinet, oboe, violin, saxophone, guitar and piano. It is impossible to mention all the performers, but the playing from everyone was committed and enjoyable.
The bulk of the music played was of a jazzy, spirited nature. Particularly memorable was Sophie Landauer, piano; her performance of The wit and wisdom of the night was full of rhythmic vitality. Isabella Crispin, trumpet, and Hebe Parrott, cornet, were both excellent with their good legato line in their two tuneful pieces. Eloise Fuller, oboe, played the first part of the Flower Duet from Lakme by Delibes with warmth and affection. Elena Farrow, clarinet, was a fervent advocate for the captivating Rumba du Soir by Schmitt. The Sound of Bells was musically shaped by the guitar player, Charlie Guimaraens. Sophie Fifield, saxophone, gave a rousing performance of Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton’s Flying Home; this was assured, spirited playing. The jazz standard, Crazy Rhythm, was given an exhilarating performance by the Senior Wind Group. The 6 singers of the choir gave a jubilant interpretation of an arrangement of Somewhere over the rainbow, with its unusual catchy rhythms.
The concert opened and closed with performances of four pieces by the Concert Band: they were all played with obvious enjoyment and commitment, especially the rousing, confident performance of Pirates of the Caribbean, which closed the concert.
Our thanks must go to Edward Williamson, Head of Music, and his peripatetic staff for inspiring their pupils to produce music of such a high standard. Ann Pinhey