Strings are Strong

Strings at Farleigh have gone from strength to strength; they are now sensational! Thirty-five children make up String Sensation, the largest instrumental ensemble in the school. They are directed by Mrs Stevens, who welcomes new recruits into the ranks as soon as they have had just a handful of lessons and gives so many children of all ages the opportunity to enjoy playing together.

The brainchild of the Head of Strings at Bryanston (Mrs Christina Scott), an autumn term joint concert with Bryanston Senior string players, meant that Mrs Stevens was tasked with preparing String Sensation for the event. Learning four pieces of music presented a challenge for even the most experienced members of the ensemble. It is due to the energy and commitment of Mrs Stevens and her String Sensation, that they mastered so much in such a short time.

As ever, the children rose to the occasion. Having learnt their parts separately during the preceding weeks, the Bryanston Seniors and the Farleigh children spent the afternoon rehearsing together in the acoustically perfect Recital Hall at Bryanston. Christina Scott, who directed proceedings, commented on the exceptional quality of the sound produced by the Farleigh players who, in her words, were 'an utter delight!'.

We were delighted that so many parents were able to attend the concert during which they were treated to a varied selection of newly composed music (Emma, composed and performed by Bryanston's guitar teacher Will McNicol), as well as familiar pieces such as Let it Go from Frozen and the exciting grand finale, the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. We all enjoyed listening to Katherine Simpson, lead violinist, play Franck's Sonata in A major with such sensitivity and style, and we were delighted to hear that she has won a place at music college next year.

Very special thanks go to Mrs Stevens for working so hard to prepare the children, to Mr Reeves for his support, to Mrs Scott for directing the children on the day, and to String Sensation for practising so hard, behaving so well and performing so beautifully together.

Teresa Henderson