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Murphy on Ibert

 

Jacques Ibert (1890-1962): Cinq pièces en trio (1935)

The Parisian born Jacques Ibert received violin and piano lessons as a boy and later studied composition at the celebrated Paris Conservatoire. During his long and fruitful career, he composed in virtually every genre and, moreover, became one of the best known French composers of the 20th century.

The reed trio ensemble (oboe, clarinet and bassoon) became popular in the early 20th century, particularly after the assembly of the Paris Reed Trio by one Fernand Oubradous (1903-1986), a bassoonist, composer and conductor. Oubradous was somewhat of a polymath with a good sense of humour. When once asked to comment on reeds, he famously said, ‘have a lot of respect for them, but treat them as often as possible with contempt!’

Ibert and Oubradous became acquainted during the 1920s with the latter often conducting the prolific composer’s works. Cinq pièces was written in 1935 and dedicated to Oubradous. The work lasts for around nine minutes and is comprised of two andantes and three allegros, each sharply contrasting its preceding movement. Ibert’s genius lies in his ability to maintain strong musical unity and coherence throughout these contrasting movements, whilst also delivering a compositional style that is firmly neo-classical, charming and lyrical in character. Listen out for the wistful second Andante, which demonstrates more than a subtle nod to Stravinsky, before the final, jaunty Allegro concludes the work.

Peter Murphy, Divisions

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Howdle on Ibert

Jacques Ibert (1890-1962): Divertissement (1930)

i. Introduction
ii. Cortège
iii. Nocturne
iv. Valse
v. Parade
vi. Finale

Jacques Ibert was a French composer who studied at the Paris Conservatoire and won its top prize, the ‘Prix de Rome’ at his first attempt, despite his studies having been interrupted by service in World War I. Divertissement is a collection of pieces drawn from the score Ibert produced for the film production of the farcical nineteenth century play, The Italian Straw Hat by French dramatist Labiche. Labiche’s comedy recounts the adventures of a nervous bridegroom on his wedding day as he attempts to find a hat to replace one belonging to a lady that his horse has eaten! His bride to be follows his frantic mission everywhere he goes, along with her suspicious father and the entire wedding party who think they are following the bridegroom to the ceremony.

Throughout the six movements, Ibert, skilfully manages to weave his own music with many other styles including blues, jazz, Viennese waltzes and music hall tunes. There’s even some spiky modernist dissonance too. Hidden within the piece’s light- hearted atmosphere, one can also hear some recognisable melodies, such as Strauss’s Blue Danube and even the parody quotation of Mendelssohn’s well-known Wedding March. These provide yet more of the piece’s many surprises…

Charlotte Howdle,  Lower Sixth

The Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition

Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham; viola players at the Cecil Aronowitz competition

A convocation of viola greatness: members of KES/KEHS Symphony Orchestra in their safe space.


There has been speculation that there is, somewhere in the world, a mobile safe haven for violas. Its existence has since been confirmed, as the viola tribe manifested itself in the form of the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition at the Birmingham conservatoire during the penultimate week of November. Violists and other supporters flocked from far and wide to listen and participate in a week of masterclasses, recitals workshops and, of course, the main event: the international competition itself.

Several members of symphony orchestra headed down on Monday to get a piece of the action: Naina played in a masterclass with Timothy Ridout and later joined the rest of the merry band in a workshop hosted by the Absolute Zero (temperature, not skill) viola quartet – yes, viola quartets do exist. The workshop was an amusing time where arrangements for viola ensemble were played and new techniques picked up. They also watched Round 2 of the competition.

The Robin Ireland evening recital included one of his own works, Pairings II for two viola, a Bach Chaconne (played with a baroque bow), Seven Preludes by Shostakovich and Six pieces from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. A magical and inspirational performance by one of the viola greats.

All in all, it was an informative and fun experience – maybe next time we’ll be competing for real! … or not.

 

Gabriel and Junias Wong


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KES Choir at the Carol Service, 6 December

King Edward's School, Music Department: KES choir, Carol Service 2017
Directed by Mrs. Starkie, the unique KES Choir sings in St. Philip’s Cathedral.

Our thanks to Mr. Boardman for the photograph.

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From the Lunchtime Recital on 16 November


Our thanks to Mr. Ash for the photographs.

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The concert is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

 

Christmas Concert 3

Monday, 11 December at 1930
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

The programme includes performances given by:

Choral Society
Senior Swing Band
KEHS Lower School Choir
Concert Band
Concert Orchestra
KES/KEHS Symphony Orchestra

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The concert is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

 

Christmas Concert 2

Sunday,  10 December 2017 at 1930
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

The programme includes performances given by:

KES Choir
Junior Swing Band
KEHS Chamber Choir
Concert Band
KES/KEHS Symphony Orchestra

 

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The concert is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

 

Christmas Concert 1

Sunday,  10 December 2017 at 1500
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

The programme includes performances given by:

Choral Society
Wind Band
Training String Orchestra
Senior Swing Band
KEHS Chamber Choir
KES/KEHS Symphony Orchestra

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The concert is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

 

KES Carol Service



Wednesday, 6 December 2017 at 1930
St. Philip’s Cathedral

Sung by KES Choir and instrumental ensemble.

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Instrumental Evening

Monday, 4 December 2017 at 1800

Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

An informal concert given by guitar and drum kit players from King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls.

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This recital is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

 

Lunchtime Recital

Lutosławski at King Edward's School music department, Birmingham

Thursday, 16 November at 1310
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

Jacques Ibert Cinq Pièces en Trio
Witold Lutosławski Chain 1
Jacques Ibert Divertissement

Wind Trio: Charlotte Chapman, oboe; Peter Murphy, clarinet; Rhea Suribhatla, bassoon.

KES/KEHS Chamber Ensembles: Jieyi Li, flute, piccolo, alto flute; Charlotte Chapman, oboe; James Cleasby, clarinet; Rhea Suribhatla, bassoon; Michael Heneghan, trumpet; Nathan Cornish, trombone; Lauren Zhang, piano; Sam Howorth, harpsichord; James Perry, percussion; Jack Barron, percussion; Alice Beardmore, violin; Beth Zheng, violin; Jess Tedd, violin; Renee Chang, violin; Charlotte Howdle, violin; Gabriel Wong, viola; Rosy Heneghan, viola; Eben Gutteridge, viola; Daniel Li, viola; Isabel Russell, cello; Enoch Cheung, cello; Beatrice Beardmore, cello; Mark Li, cello; Anumita Bagchi, double bass.

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This recital is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

 

Performers’ Platform


Tuesday, 14 November 2017 at 18.30
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

Cathy Ge, piano
Naima Hamid, guitar
Eben Gutteridge, viola
Melissa Yuan, piano
Lydia Jin, violin
Shivanii Arun, piano
Michael Heneghan, trumpet

Piano Quintet: Jess Tedd, violin; Jiaqi Cao, violin; Naina Reddy, viola; Mark Li, cello; Micahel Luo, piano.

solo works by Debussy, Yocoh, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Kabalevsky, Balakirev/Glinka, Hummel, and the first movement of Bruch’s Piano Quintet

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This concert is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

Instrumental Evening – strings

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Monday, 13 November at 1800

Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

An informal concert given by string players from King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls.

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This recital is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

 

Recital at the Barber Institute

King Edward's School music department at the Barber Institute

Friday, 10 November at 1310
Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Daniel Yue, violin
String Quartet: Beth Zheng, violin; Melissa Yuan, violin; Melissa Yao, viola; Isabel Russel, cello.
Piano Quintet: Philip Edwards, violin; Gabriel Wong, violin; Rosy Heneghan, viola; Eugene Toso, cello; Naomi Bazlov, piano.

works by Bach, Bazzini, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák and Shostakovich

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This recital is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

Instrumental Evening – woodwind and brass

Monday, 6 November at 1800

Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

An informal concert given by woodwind and brass players from King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls.

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This recital is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls

 

Lunchtime Recital Last Week

Thursday, 2 November at 13.10
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre

Arun Ramanathan, violin
Charlotte Chapman, oboe
Nathan Cornish, trombone

works by Elgar, Telemann, Rubbra, Šulek and Pryor

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This recital is presented jointly with King Edward VI High School for Girls