The children were wowed by the repertoire chosen by Mrs Gunter, with music from a variety of 19th and 20th century Eastern European and Russian composers. From soaring lyrical melodies inspired by folk song to dazzling virtuosic passages, it was wonderful to see the children captivated by the brilliance of Mrs Gunter’s playing, and the equally superb playing of her accompanist Janine Parsons.
The bubbling excitement of the pupils as we walked back to school was testament to just how inspired the pupils were, not least by the challenge put down by Mrs Gunter during the concert: she told us how Shostakovich was (arguably!) her favourite composer and that the Three Fantastic Dances she performed were written when he was still a student. Do we have any budding composers in our midst?
Talking about the recital, one pupil said “I always enjoy visiting the Cathedral but we are usually the performers so it was really nice to sit down and listen to some amazing music. I hope that one day I might be able to play my flute as well as Mrs Gunter – she was amazing.” Another commented “We are so lucky to be able to walk to the Cathedral in our lunch break and listen to such captivating music. I also enjoy looking around the Cathedral, it is so beautiful especially when the sun shines through the windows.”
The lunchtime recital is part of a series of Spring time recitals hosted by Worcester Cathedral the details of which can be found here.