The annual Christmas Concert at Michaelhouse in Cambridge proved yet again to be a special occasion for all involved. Soloists, vocal and instrumental duets and ensembles all performed to an extremely high standard, with music ranging from works by Handel to Lloyd Webber, Bach to Ravel, traditional carols to original compositions by our students.
“The energy, commitment and and enthusiasm of our students has been amazing,” says Music Course Team Leader Kim Jenkins. “Not only did they have a very wide range of pieces to learn: the choirs also had to learn works in Latin, Italian, French and Welsh!”
Twelve of our students performed solo: two pianists: Georgina Jones and Emma Hebden; two cellists; Gideon Hymas and Adam Carmichael; four vocalists: Laura Skuce, Rosa Wright, Rohit Tharakan and Kate Holdsworth; one French Horn: Holly Baker; two guitarists: Phillip Holloway and Adam Carmichael and a viola player: Saskia-Lara Neupert. There was a string ensemble, in which Saskia played solo violin, and which also featured Alice Barlow, Katrina Williams, Gideon Hymus and Adam Carmichael; a vocal duet with Kate Holdsworth and Yasmin Eresh, and a vocal ensemble composed and performed by Laura Skuce, Ruth Nation, Abbey Pryce and Esther North. Choir members were Jake Hatter, Christian Jones, Ruth Goater, Alice Barlow, Laura Skuce, Georgina Jones, Rohit Tharakan, Rosa Wright, Kate Holdsworth, Adam Carmichael, Saskia Neupert and Gideon Hymus.
College staff also took an active part in the concert. In addition to the staff choir, the college Estates Manager, Gary Woolley played the guitar and sang, accompanied by Adam Carmichael and Saskia Neupert. Last but not least, Bert Schilperoort, read an extract from Chaucer’s Prologue to the Canterbury Tales – in the original 14th century English, and Ian Dickson accompanied students on the piano.
The interval provided the appreciative audience with mince pies, wine and soft drinks, while Adam Carmichael, Jake Hatter, Phillip Holloway and Bert Schilperoort performed a jazz set from the gallery.
Laurie Smart helped out backstage, and the comperes were Ciaran Grace, Gideon Hymus and Jake Hatter.
With many of our students preparing for both A levels and instrumental / vocal exams, the post-Christmas period will be very busy, but the next event on the performing calendar will be the Spring Recital.